Alan Pope with Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Stan Louttit and Kashechewan Chief Jonathan Solomon at a press conference in Ottawa in 2006.
Former Northern Ontario Provincial Minister Alan Pope has died, aged 77. He served in the Ontario Legislative Assembly from 1977 to 1990.
He served as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Health, and briefly Attorney General in the cabinets of Bill Davis and Frank Miller.
Alan Pope also tried unsuccessfully to become head of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.
Labour Minister Monte McNaughton offered his condolences to his loved ones and called him a wonderful person who gave so much to our province.
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Former Timmins NDP MP Gilles Bisson described him as a progressive conservative, a good man, whose door was always open and who believed in public service. He understood that a big part of being an MP is to represent your world.
“He was a guy from the North who believed and understood that the North needed a strong voice in Queen's Park and he was one of those voices. »
— Gilles Bisson, former NDP MP for Timmins
In 2006, Alan Pope was commissioned by the federal government to prepare a report following the problems of flooding and drinking water that had caused Kashechewan to be evacuated.
He explored several options, but recommended that the community move to the territory of the City of Timmins. The First Nation would also have retained control of its ancestral lands and would have had seasonal access to them.