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Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the Death of Gordon Robertson

Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the Death of Gordon Robertson

Posted on January 17, 2013

TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the death of former Clerk of the Privy Council, the Honourable Gordon Robertson:

“It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Gordon Robertson, who served his country for decades with the utmost distinction.

Gordon’s commitment to public service saw him work under six Prime Ministers, beginning with William Lyon Mackenzie King. He will be fondly remembered by many for his twelve years as Clerk of the Privy Council and head of the public service, along with his years as Secretary to Cabinet when he personally assisted Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau with constitutional reform and federal-provincial relations.

On a personal note, Gordon and my father both joined the Department of External Affairs after the outbreak of the Second World War. He and his wife, Bea, were lifelong friends of my parents, and he was a valued counsellor to me as Leader of the Opposition and Premier of Ontario on constitutional issues. I deeply valued his wisdom, insight and deep sense of patriotism. He loved this country and showed that in a life of public service. He was, quite simply, a giant.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I would like to extend my sincere sympathies and gratitude to Gordon’s family and friends.”

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