Statement on the passing of Marion Dewar



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released the
following statement regarding the death of former Ottawa Mayor, Marion Dewar:
    I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Marion Dewar.
    Growing up in Ottawa, I got to see her passion for social justice and
public service firsthand.
    In 1979, while serving as Mayor, Marion spearheaded Project 4000,
Ottawa's response to the Vietnamese Boat People crisis.
    The project inspired and galvanized the people of Ottawa. Within weeks of
its founding, the first Vietnamese refugees arrived at Ottawa International
Airport to begin new lives in Canada.
    As an activist, public servant, volunteer and private citizen, Marion
Dewar was a passionate advocate for the rights of women, a champion of the
most vulnerable, and a great force for good in her city and in this province.
    We shall miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

    
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