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Ont. politicians mourn former MPP Chris Stockwell, dead of cancer at 60 – CP

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018203 Views

Source: The Canadian Press
Feb 11, 2018

TORONTO _ Politicians of all stripes paid tribute Sunday to Chris Stockwell, the former Etobicoke councillor, provincial cabinet minister and Speaker of the Ontario legislature who died of cancer at the age of 60.

Interim Progressive Conservative leader Vic Fedeli was among the first to comment on Stockwell’s passing, tweeting Sunday evening that he was “very saddened” to hear the news.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and former PC leader Tim Hudak were also among those tweeting their memories of Stockwell, as well as condolences to his family.

“I knew Chris Stockwell as a fiery, passionate person who brought life to the Ontario legislature,” wrote Wynne. “I send my condolences to his family and friends.”

Tory called Stockwell a “feisty and determined man,” while Hudak called him a “great Speaker who couldn’t be fooled, because he had broken every rule in the book many times himself.”

After beginning his career in municipal politics in the former city of Etobicoke, Stockwell was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1990.

Over more than a decade at Queen’s Park, he served on numerous committees, was the Tory critic for a number of portfolios and eventually became a cabinet minister.

He was also the Speaker of the legislature for nearly three years under premier Mike Harris.

He was voted into that role by Tory backbenchers as a show of discontent with their party, as he had a reputation for not toeing the party line.

Stockwell held the cabinet portfolios of labour, environment and energy, as well as the title of government house leader.

He resigned from his post as environment minister under premier Ernie Eves in June 2003, after 10 days of defending himself over his travel expenses.

He later announced he would not be running in the subsequent provincial election, which saw the Liberals sweep into power under Dalton McGuinty.


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