Statement by FCM President Steeves on the death of Herb Brett, former President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Municipalities and Deputy Mayor of Arnold's Cove, Nfld.



    OTTAWA, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - "I am deeply saddened to hear of the
passing of Mr. Herb Brett, who died last night after a long battle with
cancer," said Councillor Gord Steeves, President of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities.
    "Herb was an enthusiastic member of FCM's National Board of Directors,
and I loved working with him. He was one of the most genuine and friendly men
I have ever come across.
    "His distinguished career in municipal politics spanned 38 years,
beginning in 1969 when he became mayor of the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay,
Nfld. More recently, he served as deputy mayor of Arnold's Cove, Nfld., since
1997.
    "Herb represented his province on the FCM Board of Directors from 2003 to
2005, when he was a member of the Board Executive Committee and Chair of our
Atlantic Caucus. At the time, he was president of the Newfoundland and
Labrador Federation of Municipalities, now known as Municipalities
Newfoundland and Labrador.
    "He was very proud to be affiliated with FCM and was a member of several
standing committees. He believed in the work we are doing and knew that
working together through FCM benefits communities large and small across the
country.
    "Herb was one of the very few politicians I have met who seemed to be a
friend to everyone. He was a perfect example of how a leader can lead and
still be compassionate. This is a very sad day for me and for the nation.
    "On behalf of FCM's National Board of Directors and elected municipal
officials across Canada, I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to
Herb's family and friends, his colleagues in Municipalities Newfoundland and
Labrador, the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Arnold's Cove, and the
people of Newfoundland."




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