Three Canadians who were inspired over the years by Lincoln Alexander spoke to the CBC Friday morning about their friend.
Joe Halstead worked at Queen's Park for over 20 years. He is now the chair of the board for Ontario Place. He calls Alexander a friend and mentor.
He was joined by Margarett Best, Ontario's consumer services minister and MPP for Scarborough Guildwood. She told CBC news that Alexander was "a person who has contributed significantly to all the people, a diverse people in Canada, not just Ontario." She says he was an important role model to Jamaican Canadians.
You can hear their interview with CBC Radio's Jane Hawtin by clicking the audio link on this page.
Like Alexander, Sheila Copps was a pioneer in Canadian politics. She was the first woman to ever hold the position of Deputy Prime Minister and served for ten years in the federal cabinet — both as Minister of the Environment and Minister of Canadian Heritage.
She spoke with the CBC's Heather Hiscox about Alexander's legacy and her affection for him. You can see that video by clicking the link at the top of the page.
Hamilton Centre MP David Christopherson cancelled a trip to Ukraine to attend Alexander’s funeral.
This weekend, Ukraine is having parliamentary elections. Christopherson was scheduled to be an election observer there for the fourth time. But the funeral was too important, he said.
Christopherson recalls being a rookie MPP at Queen’s Park when Alexander, then lieutenant governor, walked into the house and winked at him as he passed. Surprised, Christopherson watched to see if he did it to anyone else. He didn’t.
In hindsight, the MP believes it was acknowledging their Hamilton connection. “To this day, I believe it was that recognition of ‘Hey, you and me, we’re from Hamilton,’” he said.
“There’s a bond among us Hamiltonians. That’s why people are feeling the outpouring of emotion over Linc’s passing.”
You can watch CBC Hamilton's live streamed coverage of the funeral of Hamilton's Lincoln Alexander here.