Passing of Lincoln Alexander
19 October 2012
The following is a statement by Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak on the passing of former Ontario Lieutenant Governor Lincoln M. Alexander:
“On behalf of the PC Caucus, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to Lieutenant Governor Alexander’s wife Marni and his entire family, in this time of grieving.
“Whether as a proud veteran, brilliant legal mind or entrusted public servant, Lieutenant Governor Alexander’s life spanned 90 remarkable years committed to an unwavering mission to give back to his community, province and country.
“Residents of his beloved Hamilton elected Alexander to stand up for their best interests by sending him to Ottawa as their loyal trustee. He would be Canada’s first black Member of Parliament – an achievement celebrated across the entire nation.
“This trailblazer of Canadian politics broke down further barriers when he accepted an invitation to join the cabinet of a PC government as a minister of the Crown.
“Even after Alexander departed from his seat in the House of Commons, he was always there for Hamilton and Ontario. He would be called upon again to put his talent and genuine interests to work as our province’s Lieutenant Governor. His was a mandate focused on championing the betterment of young Ontarians and quality education.
“During my time in government, I had the opportunity to meet and know Lincoln Alexander. I saw for myself a true Ontario statesman with an infectious enthusiasm for people and our province. It’s no surprise that he was voted the greatest Hamiltonian by residents. He would have certainly had my vote.
“Lincoln Alexander inspired future generations to pursue service above self. His life’s story truly embodies all that is great about our province. With hard work, determination and drive, you can exceed excellence in Ontario.”