Canada has lost one of its heroes.
According to reports, Lincoln Alexander, Canada's first black member of Parliament and former Ontario lieutenant governor has passed away at the age of 90.
Alexander's career was full of firsts: he was Canada's first black MP; he was Canada's first black federal cabinet minister as labour minister in the short lived Joe Clark government in 1979; and he was Ontario's first black lieutenant governor and the first black person to be appoint to a vice-regal position in Canada.
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Reaction to his death has been swift with many referring to him as a "great" Canadian.
Current Lieutenant governor Lt.-Gov. David Onley issued a statement noting that Alexander broke through barriers.
"At a time when racism was endemic in Canadian society, he broke through barriers that treated visible minorities as second-class citizens, strangers in their own land," he saidRead More »from Lincoln Alexander, a great Canadian trailblazer dead at age 90