POLITICS

Reaction to death of former Ontario lieutenant-governor Lincoln Alexander

10/19/2012 03:48 EDT | Updated 12/19/2012 05:12 EST
TORONTO - Lincoln Alexander, Canada's first black MP and former Ontario lieutenant-governor, has died at the age of 90. Here are some quotes following the announcement:

"Lincoln's legacy will live on through his family, through the schools and awards that bear his name and through the memories Canadians hold of his long record of distinguished public service." Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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"Today we lost a great Canadian. I am sad to hear of the passing of Lincoln Alexander. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones." NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

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"Lincoln Alexander, or 'Linc', as he was known to everyone, served his country in so many ways — his booming voice, passionate advocacy, great spirit, wonderful humour, and sense of fun and occasion, will be cherished and remembered by Canadians everywhere." Liberal Leader Bob Rae.

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"At a time when racism was endemic in Canadian society, he broke through barriers that treated visible minorities as second-class citizens, strangers in their own land." Ontario Lt.-Gov. David Onley.

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"Lincoln was first and foremost a Canadian. And he was a great Canadian." Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

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"I am most grateful for all he did to improve the lives of young people and his dedication to strengthening education. Ontarians and indeed, all Canadians, will miss his passion, determination and hard work." Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

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"He became a powerful symbol of Canadian equality, as the first black Canadian elected to parliament and named to cabinet, and that took an enormous courage and toughness." Former prime minister Joe Clark.

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"The OPP provincial headquarters building in Orillia was aptly named in his honour when it was officially opened in 1995. It serves as a remainder to all who pass through its doors of the physical, intellectual and ethical stature of this man; his many civil rights, equality and humanitarian accomplishments; and the unflinching and empathetic support he provided to the OPP." Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Chris Lewis.

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