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1985: Lincoln Alexander becomes Canada’s first black lieutenant-governor

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Lincoln Alexander has achieved another first in Canadian politics. In 1968 he was the first black Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons, holding his Hamilton, Ont. seat as a member of the Progressive Conservatives for 12 years. Five years after leaving Parliament, he is appointed lieutenant-governor of Ontario - the first black person to hold a vice-regal position in the country. In this report from the CBC's Robert Fisher, Alexander is sworn in and gives a speech inside Queen's Park.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Sept. 20, 1985
Program: CBC News
Reporter: Robert Fisher
Guests: Lincoln Alexander
Duration: 2:31

Did You know?


• Lincoln Alexander was born in Toronto on Jan. 21, 1922, to a Jamaican mother and a father from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. He served in the Second World War as a corporal in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which accepted non-white members before other branches of the military did. He became a lawyer after the war. 

• Alexander, who was also the first black cabinet minister, was one of the MPs at the centre of Pierre Trudeau's "fuddle duddle" furor. Watch him describe what he saw Trudeau say on the floor of the House of Commons in February 1971.


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