Prime Minister Justin TrudeauOffice of the Prime Minister80 Wellington StreetOttawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
August 8, 2017
Dear Mr. Prime Minister:
I am writing to invite you and all my fellow Canadians to celebrate the life and memory of Jean Beliveau, on what would be his 86th birthday on August 31st. Additionally, I encourage you, as the leader of this great country -- the greatest country in the world when it comes to hockey – to declare August 31st National Jean Beliveau Day in Canada. In the old days, I was a fan of your father, and I'm sure I am not the first to remind you that I remember the day you were born, and your early years growing up as a Prime Minister's son!As your father once said, “Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts.” As you well know, he was a huge fan of the Montreal Canadiens, and Jean Beliveau. Like so many Canadians, I was blessed to have watched Beliveau play hockey at the old Forum and on television, and I was humbled to know Le Gros Bill personally for more than a decade. What an incredible man.It is with this love and respect for this friend that I encourage you to carry the torch to future generations -- the torch of our priceless hockey history, and the torch of respect and compassion which embodied Jean Beliveau.