UPDATE: VIDEO: Former Lt-Gov. Lincoln Alexander Dead at 90
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Lincoln Alexander has died. He was 90 years old.
Alexander's career has been referred to as ground-breaking being the first member of the black community to become a Member of Parliament, to be appointed to the Cabinet and the first black Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
In a morning statement, current Lt -Gov. David Onley broke the news about Alexander's death, sending condolences to family members and friends, saying they are in his prayers and thoughts.
Onley pointed out Alexander overcame poverty and prejudice in his political political career and noted that until the day he died, he continued to advocate on a range of topics, from education to anti-racism.
"We shall not see his like again. May he rest in peace," Onley said.
NDP MPP Cindy Forster called Alexander a giant and a true trail-blazer in Canadian history.
Tory House leader Jim Wilson extended condolences to Alexander's loved ones, he noting that includes all Ontarians since the former Lt-Gov. didn't have an enemy in the world
Minister of Agriculture Ted McMeekin was close friends with Alexander and remembers he had a personality that would light up a room.
The province will be holding a state funeral for Alexander.
Premier Dalton McGuinty's written statement is below:
“I was deeply saddened today to hear of the passing of Lincoln Alexander. We have lost a remarkable Ontarian and a great Canadian.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Lincoln’s family, especially his wife Marni, son Keith and his family.
Lincoln was a towering man, and his stature matched his influence. 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.
He broke down barriers. He made Ontario a better place for all of us, the next generation of public servants and citizens.
I am most grateful for all he did to improve the lives of young people and his dedication to strengthening education. Ontarians and indeed, all Canadians, will miss his passion, determination and hard work.”