Cadman, 57, died Saturday morning after a two-year battle with skin cancer at his home in suburban Surrey with his wife at his side, his office said in a news release.
Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan remembered Cadman’s courtesy.
“He was the kind of person that if he knew that one of his colleagues was in town and if we were doing something that he was interested in, he would come by,” she said in Edmonton. “He wasn’t partisan in traditional political ways.”
Industry Minister David Emerson said Cadman came to Ottawa “not as a power broker but as a missionary. He said he really admired Cadman for enduring the rigours of cross-country travel despite his cancer battle.
“He put it all on the line for what he believed in,” said Emerson. “I like to say he had grit, which is the ultimate compliment I can pay somebody because that’s what Canada was built by — people with grit.”
I’m very sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathies go out to the Cadman family today.