Former Liberal MP Reg Alcock died Fridy after suffering a heart attack at James Richardson International Airport. He was 63.
Alcock represented the riding of Winnipeg South from 1993 to 2006, and was Treasury Board President under former Prime Minister Paul Martin. Before that, he was a Liberal MLA from 1988 onward.
“I’ve known Reg going back to our work in the Liberal party in the 1980s,” Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard said in a release. “We worked very close together when we were both Manitoba MPs in Parliament. Reg will be remembered as a leader and true champion for Manitobans. Throughout my political career, Reg could always be counted on for help and sound advice, and was a force to be reckoned with.”
In 2007, Alcock became an Executive in Residence at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business — a position he most recently held.
U of M president David Barnard:
“In addition to his outstanding work for our university, he dedicated much of his life to public service for this city, province and country. While our university community has suffered a significant loss, a much deeper loss is felt by his family. On behalf of the University of Manitoba, I offer his partner Karen Taraska-Alcock and their children Sarah, Matthew, Christina my sincere condolences.”
Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger:
“His dedication to Manitoba and his commitment to public service at the provincial and national levels was exemplary. As a federal cabinet minister, he might best be remembered for his role in advancing public service renewal and reform. His national contributions while serving as president of the Treasury Board and as minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board were substantial and widely recognized and applauded.”
Winnipeg North Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux:
“Reg was a dear friend of mine with whom I was tremendously close since we were both elected to the Manitoba Legislature in 1988. Canada lost a champion today and is better place because of Reg’s tremendous contributions.”
The Winnipeg native earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
The cause of Alcock’s death isn’t yet known.