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Editorial Exchange: Paul MacEwan Stood Long and Proud for Cape Breton (Halifax Chronicle Herald)

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Editorial Exchange: Paul MacEwan Stood Long and Proud for Cape Breton (Halifax Chronicle Herald)

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Editorial Exchange: Paul MacEwan stood long and proud for Cape Breton

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An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle Herald, published May 8:

Grassroots politics did not come in a more genuine package than veteran Cape Breton politician Paul Whitfield MacEwan.

The longtime Cape Breton Nova MLA, who died last week at age 74, held office for more than three decades and never shied from the spotlight.

Manning MacDonald, former mayor of Sydney and Liberal MLA, grew up a block away from Mr. MacEwan and described him as a "people person," something that no one who met the iconic Cape Breton politico would take issue with.

"He had a lot of time for those who needed his help and he spent a lot of time helping people," said Mr. MacDonald.

Mr. MacEwan was the longest-serving MLA in Nova Scotia. He was a member of the House for 33 years and 225 days, retiring from politics in 2003.

He was literally a man of the people who saw his job as for the people. And it was he who defined politics in his riding, not the political party in government nor any other party, for that matter.

He was elected in 1970 as an NDP member and later as leader of the Cape Breton Labour Party, which he founded.

He later sat as an independent. In 1990 he joined the Liberal caucus and was voted Speaker of The House. Over the years he also served as a committee chair, House leader and deputy leader and caucus whip. …

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