61-year-old Filipino Canadian senator dies

Filipino Canadian Senator Tobias Enverga Junior has died.

Community sources confirm Enverga died of a heart attack Wednesday night.

A formal announcement has yet to be made.

Former conservative party interim leader Rona Ambrose was among those who tweeted first about Tobias’ passing, sharing her condolences with the Enverga family.

Fellow senators also took to Twitter to share their sympathies.

Enverga, who was 61 years-old, was the first Filipino Canadian senator, appointed by then prime minister Stephen Harper in 2012.

Prior to his appointment, Enverga was a project manager for one of Canada’s biggest banks, the Bank of Montreal.

He was also the first Fil-Canadian elected to public office in the city of Toronto as a school trustee for the Toronto Catholic District school board.

As Senator, Enverga was an advocate for Filipino community issues and was a fixture at many community events across the country.

The senator was a staunch critic of the liberal government’s changes to the live-in caregiver program and the increase in their permanent residency application wait times.

Enverga leaves behind his wife, rosemer and three daughters.

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences on Enverga’s death via Twitter.

Trudeau wrote, “We’re mourning a member of our parliamentary family. My sympathies to the family & friends of Tobias Enverga, who died suddenly this week. He was a dedicated senator for Ontario, strong voice for the Filipino community, and a friend to so many on the hill. May he rest in peace.”

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