Richard Patten, a former longtime Liberal MPP for Ottawa Centre, has died.
Patten spent 15 years representing the downtown Ottawa riding, first from 1987 until 1990 and then again from 1995 until 2007.
He also held two cabinet posts in former premier David Peterson's government, serving as minister of correctional services and minister of government services.
News of Patten's death on New Year's Eve led to a number of Liberal politicians sharing kind words and condolences on social media.
At the time of his retirement in 2007, Patten said he was proud to have played a role in projects like the construction of Highway 416 and the opening of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Patten was 79.