Canada’s First Ever Black MP Passes Away

Former Ontario lieutenant governor and Canada’s first ever black MP, Lincoln Alexander, has passed away today, at the age of 90. Alexander took the office of MP in 1968 and was termed as Ontario’s lieutenant governor from 1985 to 1991. He was born in Toronto in 1922, to West Indian immigrants and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

He served a chancellor at the University of Guelph. Alexander was chosen as the chancellor of the university in 1991 and served five consecutive terms. He awarded almost 20,000 graduates their respective degrees on numerous convocations. Alexander is survived behind by his wife, Marni Beal; his son, Keith; his daughter-in-law, Joyce; and his granddaughters, Erika and Marissa.

On this saddening occasion of Alexander’s death countless condolences were sent from numerous politicians on the social networking website, twitter. Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, wrote: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lincoln Alexander, a great Canadian and proud Conservative #onpoli #cdnpoli.” David C. Onley, OOnt mentioned that “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of the Hon. Lincoln Alexander, 24th Lieutenant Governor of #Ontario.”

Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, released a press statement saying that “Lincoln was a towering man, and his stature matched his influence.” He stated that “not just on all those fortunate enough to work with him, but all those who knew him. Indeed, he left an extraordinary legacy, both in his private life and as a public servant.”

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