Sep 13, 2017
A giant in Canadian political history is gone.
Allan J. MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who helped write and pass legislation surrounding universal medicare, the minimum wage and national labour standards, has died at 96.
Former Ontario premier and federal MP Bob Rae, who considered MacEachen a friend and mentor, announced the news on Twitter late Tuesday.
"He was an extraordinary man. I always felt that he was, without question, the most talented and deeply engaged parliamentarian of my time, the recent history of Canada," Rae told Information Morning Cape Breton.
"He was an incredible MP, a great, devoted son of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia. He delivered a huge amount of work, and time and effort to being an MP. He did a lot for his community. Everything that moved in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada had a lot to do with Allan J."