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Lincoln Alexander’s legacy shines in Canadian multiculturalism

Addressing students on Lincoln Alexander Day, Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism said, “It is with great pride that I mark the occasion of the very first Lincoln Alexander Day across Canada. On this date each year, Canadians will have the opportunity to be inspired by the life and work of a great Canadian.”

Born in 1922 to a father who was a porter and a mother who was a maid, Alexander was determined to obtain education and training, overcome prejudice, and pursue excellence. Following service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, he became a lawyer, then Canada’s first black MP and cabinet minister. In 1985, he was named Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Afterwards Alexander was the longest-serving Chancellor at the University of Guelph, from 1991 until 2007.

When Alexander died, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “Lincoln’s legacy will live on through his family, through the schools and awards that bear his name and through the memories Canadians hold of his long record of distinguished public service.”

Posted: Mar 2, 2015

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