Yukon's first senator, Paul Lucier, dies

Yukon Senator Paul Lucier died Friday afternoon and is being mourned by family and friends.

He passed away at a hospice in Penticton, B.C., after a long battle with bone marrow cancer. He would have turned 69 on Thursday.

Lucier was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1975. Before becoming a senator, he was an alderman and mayor of Whitehorse.

Prime Minister Jean Chretien released a statement saying that Lucier had been a "respected parliamentarian" who "will be greatly missed."

As a senator, Lucier spoke out on Senate and electoral reform and against the Meech Lake Accord.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday in Penticton.