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Marion Dewar



[url= Dewar[/url] has died after a serious fall.

This is so sad.

I remember being at a national Lesbian and Gay conference in Ottawa and she, as mayor, welcomed us to Ottawa. I was greatly moved by her gesture because up to that point no mayor of any city in Canada had done anything similar.

I will miss her.


Marion Dewar was a passionate community advocat that also happened to be an excellent politician. She will be sorely missed.

Will S

This is extremely sad news. My thoughts go out to Paul Dewar and the rest of her family and friends.

Ken Burch

Marion Dewar was an inspiration, especially for her part in the three seat NDP byelection sweep that represented the peak of the party's popularity under Ed Broadbent(she came in in the same round that elected Audrey McLaughlin).

She will be missed.

Paul Gross

Marion's decades of unflinching principled optimism and making things happen was a profound inspiration to many, including myself. Hearing her speak when I was a child helped motivate me to get involved with politics and activism.

Here are some details:

The public is invited to pay their respects to the late Marion Dewar, C.M. former Mayor of the City of Ottawa.

The Lying in State will take place in Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.
Thursday, September 18 from 9am to 6pm.

The public can sign the Book of Condolence in Andrew Haydon Hall, Ottawa City Hall, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The funeral will be held on Friday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m at St. Basil’s Church, 940 Rex.

Oxfam Canada has created the Marion Dewar Fund for Women’s Leadership:
[url= or 1-800-466-9326.

[ 16 September 2008: Message edited by: Paul Gross ]

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[url=]Statement by Jack Layton on the death of Marion Dewar[/url]


Today, we Canadians lost one of our heroes.

On behalf of New Democrats throughout the country I offer my deepest condolences to Marion Dewar’s family, friends and all those whose life she touched.

Marion Dewar was a remarkable champion of what was right and just.

Today we don’t simply mourn the passing of one of the bravest women new Democrats have known – we also celebrate her groundbreaking career and her spirit and joy for life. We celebrate her 7 year contribution as an outstanding mayor of Ottawa.