Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

December 06, 2010 13:30 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Canadian writer David French.

One of the first dramatists to present Canadian issues on stage, his characters have become some of the best known and loved in our theatre. Leaving Home is the first play of the Mercer series, about a Newfoundland family who leave the island to settle in Toronto. It began a successful run in Toronto in 1972 and went on to become one of the most widely produced plays in Canadian theatre.

As a senior playwright who served as Writer-in-Residence at both the University of Windsor (2007-2008) and the University of Western Ontario (2002-2003), Mr. French mentored many aspiring writers. He was an inductee in the Newfoundland Arts Hall of Honour, received the Queen's Jubilee Medal, and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his tremendous contribution to the world of Canadian arts.

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

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