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Multiculturalism & Diversity

Statement by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff on the passing of the Hon. Stanley Haidasz

Posted on August 7, 2009

I was saddened to hear that the Honourable Stanley Haidasz passed away yesterday at the age of 86.

Stanley Haidasz was an anchor of the Polish community in Canada, and served Canadians of all backgrounds throughout his life as a doctor, Member of Parliament and Senator.

In 1957, Stanley Haidasz was first elected as MP in the riding of Trinity, and was later the MP for the riding of Parkdale for five consecutive terms from 1962 to 1978. Upon his retirement in 1978, he was appointed to the Senate where he served with distinction until 1998.

Stanley Haidasz was a trailblazer for multicultural communities in Canada, serving as our first Minister of State for Multiculturalism from 1972 to 1974. In the House of Commons, he helped Liberal governments pass landmark human rights legislation, Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan.

Over his lifetime, he was given numerous honours and awards, including the Order of St. Gregory the Great with Silver Star by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

I offer my condolences, and those of the Liberal Party and our Caucus, to his family and friends as they mourn the loss of this great Canadian.