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The Late Maxwell F. Yalden, C.C.

The Late Maxwell F. Yalden, C.C.

The Late Maxwell F. Yalden, C.C.

The Late Maxwell F. Yalden, C.C.


Published on 26 February 2015
Hansard and Statements by Senator

Hon. Marie-P. Charette-Poulin:

Honourable senators, I wish to pay tribute to a distinguished Canadian public servant, Max Yalden. I join with countless people and groups who were quite saddened to learn of his death, on February 9, and who expressed a great deal of respect for him on this occasion.

Max Yalden served Canada and Canadians in leadership positions as a foreign diplomat, Commissioner of Official Languages, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

He had a reputation for being honest and direct, and for using his talent for diplomacy and a balanced approach to deal with every issue brought to his attention.

Above all, Max Yalden was a staunch defender of human rights and the rights of Canada’s linguistic minorities. In expressing his condolences, Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser referred to Max Yalden’s deep commitment to the cause of linguistic duality.

The honours bestowed on Max Yalden in his lifetime speak to the distinguished services he provided. He was named Commandeur of the Ordre de la Pléiade in 1984, and a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999, after being named an Officer of the Order in 1988.

Honourable senators, join me in extending our sincere condolences to Max Yalden’s wife, Janice, to whom he was married for more than 60 years, and his son Robert, daughter-in-law Pearl Eliadis and granddaughter Zoë. Max Yalden remains a role model to us all.