Edward Roberts, N.L.'s 11th lieutenant-governor and longtime politician, dies at 81

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Flags at Newfoundland and Labrador government buildings will fly at half-mast after the death today of former provincial cabinet minister and lieutenant-governor Edward Roberts at the age of 81.

Roberts was a minister under three Liberal premiers after spending his early political days as executive assistant to Joey Smallwood, the province's first premier and father of Newfoundland and Labrador's confederation with Canada in 1949.

Former premier Clyde Wells, for whom Roberts served as justice minister and attorney general in the early 1990s, said in an interview today he valued Roberts for his intellect, steady hand and integrity.

Premier Andrew Furey said in a news release that he often turned to Roberts for advice, adding that the province has lost a "remarkable person."

Roberts was a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and he is known for overseeing the implementation of a provincial health-care program.

Wells says that in addition to remembering Roberts as a dedicated and sharp politician, he will greatly miss him as a close friend and brilliant conversationalist.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2022.

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