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‘This is a high-stress job that takes years off people’s lives’: MPs reflect on their own well-being after Gord Brown’s death

By Emily Haws      

MPs say finding work-life balance is a struggle, but cite staying away from receptions and participating in Hill sports leagues as a way to protect their health.

Conservative MP Tony Clement said being a Parliamentarian is a 'death trap,' even if done willingly, and he's unsure caucus colleague Gord Brown's death will result in any meaningful change in MPs' habits. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Conservative MP Tony Clement says his caucus colleague Gord Brown’s death is “just another indication that this is a high-stress job that takes years off people’s lives,” but isn’t sure MPs will meaningfully change their habits. “Every time someone passes away we say the same things to one another, you know, hug your family, strike the right work-life balance, put things in perspective... but does anything change? I don’t know,” he said. The two were friends for decades,

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