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Statements by Political Leaders « Douglas Fisher

Fisher

 

Date: September 18, 2009

For immediate release

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the death of Douglas Fisher, B.A., B.L.S., D.Lit.:

“I was saddened to hear of the death of political columnist and former Member of Parliament, Douglas Fisher, on the eve of his 90th birthday.

“Doug spent his entire life serving his country in different ways: as a soldier, he served his country as a member of the 12th Manitoba Dragoons; and as a Member of Parliament between 1957 and 1965. Although he left politics in 1965, he remained on Parliament Hill as a political columnist until his retirement in 2006. Doug hosted his own television show ‘Insight with Doug Fisher’ and was frequently a commentator on television news programs.

“A passion for Canada’s sporting heritage led to his co-authoring Canada’s Sporting Heroes, which is considered to be the definitive compilation of sports history in Canada. He also served as chairman of Hockey Canada between 1974 and 1977.

“Doug’s contributions to this country were many – as a soldier, a Member of Parliament, and as a journalist. His presence and his voice will be missed. On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

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Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the passing of Douglas Fisher

I was saddened to learn today of the passing of Douglas Fisher, just hours short of his 90th birthday.

Douglas Fisher was admired by his many colleagues for his incredible work ethic, his keen appreciation of history and his sparkling intelligence. He was a giant of Canadian politics who began his career on Parliament Hill in 1957 when, as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, he was elected MP by defeating the legendary Liberal cabinet minister C.D. Howe.

While still an MP, he began writing as a political columnist and in 1965 he left the House of Commons to write for the Toronto Telegram. In 1971 he joined the Toronto Sun as its Ottawa columnist, where he remained until his retirement in 2006. Known as the Dean of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, Douglas Fisher in the House of Commons Douglas Fisher was known as an active, knowledgeable and outspoken member of the CCF, which later became the NDP.

Before starting his career in politics, Douglas Fisher served in the military during the Second World War, and worked as a miner, a fire ranger, a bridge guard and a teacher. Mr. Fisher was also a pioneer in Canada’s sports community, having served as chairman of Hockey Canada and helping to build the sport’s reputation.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Fisher family and all who mourn his loss.

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Statement on the passing of Douglas Fisher

“I was saddened to hear this morning of the passing of Douglas Fisher, a man with a distinguished place in the history of this country and its Parliament,” said Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party.

“Douglas spent eight years serving Canadians in the House of Commons, as a member of the CCF and the NDP, and worked on the Hill for 30 more as a columnist and television host. He will always be remembered, not only for his defeat of C.D. Howe in 1957 and his work as an MP, but for his 50 years of political analysis. He was known as the dean of the Parliamentary Press Gallery,” said Layton.

“Doug Fisher led an incredibly accomplished life that included many careers: miner, teacher, fire ranger, construction worker, guard. He was a very active, and sometimes outspoken, Member of Parliament who was dedicated to his constituents,” said New Democrat MP Bruce Hyer, who’s riding, Thunder Bay—Superior North, encompasses Port Arthur, the riding Fisher represented between 1957 and 1965. “He was greatly appreciated for his integrity and commitment, and he will be deeply missed.”

“Douglas Fisher was a wise politician who was recognized as one of the best speakers in Parliament during his time there. We in the New Democratic Party look to him as one of the greats in our history,” said Layton. “I wish to send sincere condolences to Douglas’ five sons, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Tobias and to their families. May they take solace in his long life and his legacy.”


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