R.I.P. Lincoln Alexander
October 23, 2012 10:51 PM Subscribe
Lincoln Alexander has died at 90 years old.
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Among his many accomplishments, he was the first Black MP elected in Canada (1968 -- re-elected 4 times, in his last term appointed Cabinet Minister), served as Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, was chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and that is just scratching the surface of his many contributions. A beloved citizen in Hamilton
, the city named a Highway after him "The Linc" ... a running joke with him since he did not drive.
This 2003 interview
with Alexander is candid and fascinating. includes everything from the story of how he stood up to the law dean at Osgoode for using the N-Word in class to a description of his work on an Ontario committee to end police profiling.
For fans of Canadian political trivia ... here is Alexander and fellow Conservative MP John Lundrigan interviewed
after the infamous "fuddle duddle" incident, in which they were told to f-off by Prime Minister Trudeau in the house. Trudeau's classic "fuddle duddle" response also included.
[Apologies if there are ads before these last two videos... due to the name Lincoln it brings up ads for a movie about US President Lincoln, and the other may sadly give you some Canadian Heritage Ministry War of 1812 ads]