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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 1, 2017


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PC Opposition Honours James McGrath


Paul Davis, Leader of Official Opposition, has expressed his sympathies to the family of former Newfoundland and Labrador Lieutenant Governor and Member of Parliament James McGrath.


"Jim McGrath dedicated his life to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, starting when he was just a teenager with a keen interest in the Confederation debate. He represented our province in the federal Parliament as the MP for St. John's East, and was first elected in 1957. While unsuccessful in the following election, he persevered and was elected six more times, serving from 1968 to 1986,” said Davis.


Davis added, "He sat in the federal Cabinet as our Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. He was chair of the special committee that introduced the practice of electing the Speaker by secret ballot. He chaired the Standing Committee on Human Rights. He then accepted the call to serve as Newfoundland and Labrador‎'s eighth Lieutenant Governor from 1986 to 1991. What a remarkable career of public service.”


"To his family and friends, I express our deepest sympathies as Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, the Party in which he proudly served‎. He has earned a place of honour in our province's history by dedicating his life to making all our lives better," said Davis.


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