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Allan MacEachen, former federal cabinet minister from Nova Scotia, dead at 96

Allan MacEachen, former federal cabinet minister from Nova Scotia, dead at 96
From CBC - September 13, 2017

Allan J. MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senatorfrom Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian socialprograms, has died at age 96.

The news was announced on Twitter late Tuesday by former Ontariopremier and federal MP Bob Rae, who considered him a friend and mentor.

"He was an extraordinary man. I always felt that he was without question the most talented and deeply engaged parliamentarian of my time, the recent history of Canada," RaetoldInformation Morning Cape Breton.

"He was an incredible MP, a great, devoted son of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia. He delivered a huge amount of work, and time and effort to being an MP. He did a lot for his community. Everything that moved in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada had a lot to do with Allan J."

MacEachen was first elected in 1953 in Nova Scotia's Inverness-Richmond riding andwon again in 1957, but lost his seat in 1958 beforewinning eight more elections, including the last five whilerepresenting Cape Breton-HighlandsCanso.

He also served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to theSenate in 1984, remaining a senator until 1996.

He became one of Canada's most powerful cabinet ministers ofthe postwar eraand held a variety of posts,including a term asminister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968. During that time,he sponsored the bill that came the Canada Health Act and oversaw the creation of medicare.

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