As we approach the one year anniversary of his death, a local politician is looking to permanently honour Lincoln Alexander.
NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain Chris Charlton delivered a statement in the House of Commons today to acknowledge the upcoming anniversary of Linc’s death this Saturday.
Calling him ‘one of the greatest Canadians, and a proud Hamiltonian’ Charlton says Linc was loved by all who knew him, regardless of political stripe.
She called Linc a trailblazer and a man ‘who had the capacity to turn rejections and despicable slurs into a personal challenge to excel’.
And excell he did. Noting his accomplishments as Canada’s first black MP and first black cabinet minister, Charlton says she will be asking fellow MP’s in the coming days to agree to designate Linc’s birthday, January 21st, as a national day in his honour.
Charlton says she can’t think of a more fitting tribute for a man whose whole life reflected the highest ideals of service to our country.
Aside from his involvement in federal politics, Linc also served as chair the Ontario Worker’s Compensation Board, then as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the University of Guelph. He was awarded the Order of Ontario and became a companion of the Order of Canada.