Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 22, 2010 13:45 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Passing of Paul Quarrington

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2010) - I was saddened to learn of the passing of Canadian writer and musician Paul Quarrington.

Although he began his career in the arts as a guitarist and song writer and continued to be active as a musician, Mr. Quarrington is best known for his contribution to Canada's literary heritage. His novel Whale Music won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 1989. He also wrote King Leary, the winner of the 1988 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour that was later chosen as the winner of CBC's Canada Reads competition in 2008. Mr. Quarrington was also well known as a screen writer and won three National Magazine Awards for non-fiction articles focussed on the great Canadian pastimes of fishing and hockey.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I extend my deepest condolences to Paul Quarrington's family and friends.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca