I first met former Conservative cabinet minister Perrin Beatty when I was young strapping 24 year old young man at a provincial Progressive Conservative convention back in London in November 1994! He was actually teaching courses at that time at The University of Western Ontario which is in London, Ontario. A very approachable and very funny man. I was glad that we had some commonality in our political outlook. I have always looked forward to his return in politics but I believe that wasn’t meant to be and he is enjoying private life quite nicely.
Unfortunately private life does not escape any tragedies. Sadly, it has been reported that his 23 year old son Christopher was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in Thailand yesterday. I extend a hand of sympathy and prayers to Perrin and his family who are at grief and are trying cope with the loss. God comfort and be with the Beattys through the extremely difficult and tragic time they are going through.