It was with great sadness that Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand learned of the sudden passing of a strong advocate for the Metis people, former Manitoba Liberal MP Reg Alcock.
“Reg was a personal friend and a professional colleague,” said President Chartrand. “He cared about the Metis Nation as one the founding peoples of our country and, of course, he was a great admirer of our past leader, Louis Riel. His insight into Metis policy, governance, structures and principles have greatly assisted the MMF in becoming the strong Metis Government we are today”.
Mr. Alcock represented the riding of Winnipeg South in the House of Commons from 1993 to 2006, and was a cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. He served as president of the Treasury Board from 2003-06, and was the minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board during that same time.
In January 2007, Alcock was appointed to the faculty of the University of Manitoba as an executive in residence at the I.H. Asper School of Business. He was also appointed as a research affiliate with the Leadership Network at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
“On behalf of all Metis Citizens, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife Karen, his children Sarah, Mathew, Christina and the rest of his family” said Chartrand. “We not only lost a friend and colleague but Manitoba and Canada lost a man who cared passionately about our province and our country. He will be missed by many.”
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community.
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