Statements on the Passing of the Honourable Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
"Senator Enverga was a dedicated parliamentarian who served the Senate and Canadians admirably since his appointment in 2012. I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, and I share the gratitude of many for Senator Enverga’s committed service to his country."
Senator Peter Harder
Government Representative in the Senate
"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague and friend, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
Senator Enverga will be greatly missed. He was a man of great conviction and a hardworking parliamentarian. Through his efforts in the Chamber and across Canada, Senator Enverga had earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and fellow citizens.
Senator Enverga was the first Filipino-Canadian senator. He was the first Filipino-Canadian elected to public office in the City of Toronto, having served as a school trustee for the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He also founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his community work.
On behalf of the Senate Conservative Caucus, I wish to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Rosemer, their three daughters, Rystle, Reeza and Rocel, as well to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time."
Senator Larry W. Smith
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
"The Independent Senators Group (ISG) is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
A leader in his community, Senator Enverga inspired those around him through his volunteer community engagement and advocacy work at home and abroad. He and his wife Rosemer founded the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation in 2010 with the vision of assisting efforts in areas such as poverty alleviation, providing essential necessities of life, and education.
Elected as the first Filipino-Canadian to public office in Toronto, Senator Enverga became the first person elected to the Toronto Catholic District School Board who was a visible minority. He continued to serve his community and public interests upon his Senate appointment in 2012.
The members of the ISG wish to extend their deepest condolences to Senator Enverga’s family and friends."
The Independent Senators Group
"I am saddened by the sudden death of our colleague, Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr.
He will be remembered not only for his hard work and his commitment to public service, but also for his love of the country and his strong advocacy for persons with disabilities.
On behalf of the Independent Senate Liberals, I extend sincere condolences to his wife, Rosemer, his three daughters, Rystle, Reeza and Rocel, and his extended family and friends."
Senator Joseph A. Day
Leader of the Independent Senate Liberals
Tributes in the Senate November 29, 2017