June 8, 2015
Churchill Society Patron Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and principal spokesperson for the Churchill Family, visited Ottawa on June 8, 2015. It was his first visit to the Canadian capital, which Sir Winston had visited six times between 1900 and 1954. It was, however, a fruitful visit.
After a lunch in the Parliamentary Restaurant, Randolph Churchill watched Question Period as a guest in the Speaker's Gallery. At the end of the customary QP bickering back and forth, the Speaker noted the Presence of Randolph Churchill in the Gallery with the following words:
I draw the attention of hon. members to the presence in the gallery of Mr. Randolph Churchill, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and principal spokesperson for the Churchill family.
The year 2015 marks a number of important anniversaries within the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. It is now 75 years since he first assumed office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It has been 70 years since the end of the Second World War and 50 years since this great man passed.
The House suddenly joined in unanimous enthusiastic applause and a remarkable and emotional standing ovation. A great tribute to Randolph and Sir Winston.
That evening, the Speaker of the House hosted (with the SWCSO) a colloquium in the Centre Block, which featured Randolph, who spoke on "Sir Winston Churchill's Enduring Legacy". Following Randolph Churchill, Minister Pierre Poilievre, M.P., P.C. (Nepean-Carleton) (Conservative), Malcolm Allen, M.P. (Welland) (NDP), and Scott Simms, M.P. (Bonavista-Gander-Grand Falls-Windsor) (Liberal) spoke. The consensus was a definite Two-Thumbs-Up. Entertaining and enlightening.