Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

January 21, 2015 16:02 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Honouring the Exemplary Life of Lincoln Alexander

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 21, 2015) -

This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent today at 10:00 AM EST.

The Government of Canada is proud to recognize January 21 as a national day to honour the contributions of Lincoln Alexander, whose lifelong passion for racial equality made him an example of hope to all Canadians. This year marks the first time that Lincoln Alexander Day is celebrated throughout Canada. Bill S-213, establishing a day in honour of Lincoln Alexander, was introduced in the Senate in December 2013 by Senator Don Meredith and sponsored in the House of Commons by Member of Parliament David Sweet. The Government would like to commend both parliamentarians, whose efforts helped establish this special day.

Lincoln Alexander dedicated his life to public service. Starting out modestly as a child of immigrants, he fought for Canada in the Second World War, became a lawyer, and went on to become the first Black Member of Parliament and a federal Cabinet Minister. He was the first member of a visible minority to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and the longest-serving Chancellor of the University of Guelph.

As Lieutenant Governor, he distinguished his term of office by focusing on issues related to multiculturalism, youth and education. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

Lincoln Alexander overcame the barriers of racism and prejudice and encouraged young Canadians, from all backgrounds, to do the same. His legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages