Statement on the Passing of Lincoln Alexander

October 19, 2012

Minister Lisa Raitt today issued the following statement on the death of Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, former Ontario Lieutenant Governor:

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Lincoln Alexander this morning.”

“I would like to assure his family, friends and colleagues that we all grieve with your loss.”

“Lincoln was born in Toronto and served with the Canadian Armed Forces in World War II. He attended both McMaster University and Osgoode Hall Law School.”

“When he was elected in 1968, he began a series of historical firsts by becoming the first black Member of Parliament to serve in Ottawa. He would be re-elected three times from his Southern-Ontario constituency, a real testament to his popularity.”

“During that time, he was appointed by Prime Minister Clark to serve as Labour Minister.”

“From there he went on to serve as Chairman of the Ontario Workers Compensation Board and upon the advice of Prime Minister Mulroney, was appointed Ontario’s first black vice-regal, serving as the provinces’ Lieutenant Governor from 1985 to 1991.”

“As the current Labour Minister, a Member of Parliament from the same region and an alumnus of Osgoode Hall, I have seen Lincoln’s legacy precede me in many areas. He has continually has served me as a true source of personal inspiration.”

“Lincoln was man of legendary accomplishments with a personality to match. He will be sadly missed.”

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For More Information Contact:

Lisa Raitt MP

613 996 7046