Message of Condolence on the Passing of The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, PC, OC
Mrs. LeBlanc and I were saddened to learn of the death of The Honourable Allan J. MacEachen, PC, OC, former Senator, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of the Crown, and long-time Member of Parliament from Cape Breton.
A native of Nova Scotia, Mr. MacEachen served his nation and province with great distinction throughout his whole life. He was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University where he later taught economics until he entered federal politics in the 1950s. During his long time as a Member of Parliament, he went on to serve as Minister of Labour under Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, and held several cabinet portfolios ending with his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister of Canada under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He later served as a Senator for over a decade. He was known for his strategic perspective and his trusted advice to many leaders in Canada.
During his lifetime, he was recognized as a highly skilled parliamentarian who served the best interests of all Canadians, striving for a more just and fair society. Mr. MacEachen, while Minister of Health and Welfare, will be best remembered for the creation of the Medical Care Act that was passed in 1966 and which introduced medicare to Canadians. He was one of the most influential parliamentarians of his time and was known for his major role in advancing social legislation, in particular the Canada Assistance Plan that was directed to low-income families. In honour of his outstanding contributions to Canada, he was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008.
Mrs. LeBlanc and I extend our sincere condolences to Allan MacEachen’s family and friends on their loss.
The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, ONS, QC