Lincoln Alexander, the First Black Man to Serve in Canada’s Parliament, Has Died

Lincoln Alexander, Jr., the first black man to serve as a member of Canada’s Parliament, died October 19. He was 90. Mr. Alexander was born  in Toronto to Mae Rose and Lincoln Alexander Sr., who migrated  to Canada from Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

In 1968, Mr. Alexander ran in the Canadian federal election as a Progressive Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the Hamilton West, Ontario, electoral district.

He won the election and successive elections before stepping down in 1980. From 1979 to 1980, Alexander served as minister of labor in the government of Prime Minister Joe Clark.

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