THUNDER BAY – Today Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak issued the following statement on the death of former Ontario PC Cabinet Minister Leo Edward Bernier.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Leo Bernier. Leo’s remarkable career of public service produced lasting accomplishments that are still seen throughout Ontario and, in particular, throughout Northern Ontario.
“Leo set a high standard for ensuring that Northern Ontario received a fair hearing in the halls of government. During Leo’s time in government, Northern Ontario’s issues were always a priority of the government, and Northern families knew they always had a champion at the cabinet table. When I became Minister of Northern Development and Mines almost fifteen years had passed since Bernier had served in that office, yet his legacy could still be seen in every corner of Ontario.
“Even after Leo left public life he remained a friend and mentor to many of us in the Ontario PC Party. He left a lasting impression on all who served with him. Northern Ontario and, indeed, our entire province is a better place for his service. He will be missed. My condolences go out to the Bernier family.”