Lincoln Alexander Day Act, 2013
S.O. 2013, CHAPTER 18
Consolidation Period: From December 12, 2013 to the e-Laws currency date.
Lincoln MacCauley Alexander, one of the most outstanding and accomplished Ontarians of our time, was born on January 21, 1922.
Rising above the prejudice of the era, he embraced the opportunity of public education. He developed his talents and reached his full potential through disciplined study and the strength of his character.
He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Home again after the war, he graduated from McMaster University and Osgoode Hall Law School and qualified as a lawyer.
Responding to the call of public service, he was elected to the House of Commons in 1968, representing Hamilton West. In 1979, he was appointed to be Minister of Labour, making history as the Government of Canada’s first black Cabinet Minister. Later he served as Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Ontario, now known as the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, as the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the representative of Her Majesty the Queen, and as Chancellor of the University of Guelph, among many other community contributions.
He passed away on October 19, 2012 at the age of 90.
His life was an example of service, determination and humility. Always fighting for equal rights for all races in our society, and doing so without malice, he changed attitudes and contributed greatly to the inclusiveness and tolerance of Canada today.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Lincoln Alexander Day
1. January 21 in each year is proclaimed as Lincoln Alexander Day. 2013, c. 18, s. 1.
2. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act). 2013, c. 18, s. 2.
3. Omitted (enacts short title of this Act). 2013, c. 18, s. 3.