Saturday, March 20, 2004

MITCHELL SHARP, 1911-2004

The Hon. Mitchell Sharp, a truly grand statesman of the Liberal Party and Canadian politics died yesterday in an Ottawa hospital.

Sharp was born during the end of the administration of Prime Minister Laurier, he served in the public service of Prime Ministers King and St. Laurent, he served in the cabinets of Prime Ministers Pearson, Trudeau and Turner and he served as a personal adviser to Prime Minister Chretien. The story of his life reads quite literally as a Canadian political history of the past sixty years.

I was hoping Warren Kinsella would have more personal insights or anecdotes, but I suppose he is on vacation right now.

Robert Stanfield, Claude Ryan and now Mitchcell Sharp have all died in the past four months. We are definitely undergoing a changing of our political guard.

Posted by Matthew @ 2:45 AM