Leonard Marchand is pictured in a Sept. 27, 1974 file photo. (Photo: Chuck Mitchell/CP)
Marchand credited his win to his strong connections with the agricultural community in the area, and the visits Pierre Trudeau made on his behalf during the height of Trudeaumania. Marchand went on to hold cabinet positions including minister of state for small business, where he was handed the task of bringing the metric system to Canada, and later served as environment minister until the Liberal government's defeat in 1979.
Canada has lost a trailblazer. My condolences to the family of Len Marchand, the first federal cabinet minister of First Nations descent.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 3, 2016
He became the second Aboriginal senator in CanadaHe was appointed to the senate in 1984, becoming the second Aboriginal senator in Canada, and retired in 1998. He was honoured with the Order of Canada the following year. Simpcw First Nation Chief Nathan Matthew says Marchand was a role model for all First Nations. "He really worked hard on how to make a better place for First Nations people, as well as doing all the other things he did as an MP," said Matthew. "He had an incredible memory, in terms of remembering people and places and conversations ... and had a great sense of humour."
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