Ex-cabi­net min­is­ter dead at age 96

Penticton Herald - - NEWS -

Allan J. MacEachen, a driv­ing force be­hind so­cial pol­icy changes un­der two prime min­is­ters, has died at the age of the 96 af­ter a life­time sat­u­rated with pol­i­tics and par­lia­men­tary ma­noeu­vres.

MacEachen was one of Canada’s most pow­er­ful cabi­net min­is­ters of the post­war era and held a va­ri­ety of posts, in­clud­ing a term as min­is­ter of na­tional health and wel­fare from 1965 to 1968 dur­ing the cre­ation of medi­care.

As labour min­is­ter, MacEachen was also in­stru­men­tal in re­form­ing the labour code and es­tab­lish­ing a new stan­dard for the min­i­mum wage. His other port­fo­lios also in­cluded fi­nance, and he twice served as sec­re­tary of state for ex­ter­nal af­fairs.

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