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LETTER: John Crosbie — a Canadian politician

John Crosbie, seen here at Government House in St. John’s during his time as the province's lieutenant governor, died this morning. He was 88. (Telegram file photo)
John Crosbie, seen here at Government House in St. John’s during his time as the province's lieutenant governor, died Friday. He was 88. (Telegram file photo) - David Maher

A Newfoundlander of great influence for the better has passed.

I met John first when he was running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland taking on the formidable Joey Smallwood. I became one of his campaign managers.

Later I was to serve with him in Frank Moores’ cabinet, where his influence was important in the issues surrounding the Labrador Linerboard Mill and the purchasing of Brinco’s interests.

Later John was to enter federal politics, had a failed attempt (I was a supporter) for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party, but became a highly influential minister in the cabinets of Joe Clarke and Brian Mulroney.

John became a great orator, a skill he acquired after entering politics, a testament to his determination and hard work, qualities for which he became well known.

His support for the Hibernia project when it was in trouble was crucial in obtaining federal equity assistance which saw offshore oil and gas development become a reality earlier than would have been the case.

Like his family, John’s influence on life in his home province was substantial. His wit, intelligence and hard work on behalf of the province will be remembered.

Brian Peckford,
Nanaimo, B.C.


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