Former MP John Harvard dies
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger are offering their condolences to the family of former Lt.Gov. John Harvard.
The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Harvard died. A spokesman for the federal Liberal party in Manitoba said Harvard, who was 77, died Saturday but did not immediately have further details.
Harvard was a Liberal MP who served Winnipeg from 1988 to 2004.
He was installed as Manitoba’s 23rd Lieutenant Governor shortly after leaving federal politics and held the post until his term ended in 2009.
Before politics, Harvard was a broadcast journalist and worked for CJOB radio in Winnipeg and later with the CBC.
Trudeau tweeted Saturday that Harvard “served the people of Manitoba with distinction,” thoughts that were echoed by Selinger.
“He had true passion for a better Manitoba,” Selinger tweeted.
Former prime minister Paul Martin appointed Harvard as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, a position he held until his retirement from federal politics.