Candice Hoeppner is no more. Instead, the Conservative MP for Portage-Lisgar has told the House of Commons she’s going back to her original last name:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform you, my colleagues and my constituents that I have decided to return to my birth name, Candice Bergen. This change will take place as soon as this statement concludes. I realize that many will associate that name with a popular actress, but it is in fact the name that my parents gave me and I am extremely proud and honoured to resume using the name Bergen in that it has a deep history and strong ties in my riding of Portage—Lisgar.
I am so grateful for the strong support I received from my constituents during election time and between elections and I am very honoured to be referred to as their member here in the chamber. Although my last name is changing, I can assure my constituents I will continue to serve and represent them here in Ottawa and work for their families in the riding and I appreciate their interest.
If members hear on the Hill that Candice Bergen is here, it is not Murphy Brown people will be referring to. It will be me.