Jan. 10, 2020

John Crosbie—A Canadian politician

A Newfoundlander of great influence for the better has passed. 

I met John Crosbie first when he was running for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland taking on the formidable Joey Smallwood. I became one of his campaign managers. 

Later served with him in Frank Moores' cabinet where his influence was important in the issues surrounding The Labrador Linerboard Mill and the  purchasing of Brinco interests. 

Later John entered federal politics, had a failed attempt (I was a supporter) for the leadership  of the Progressive Conservative Party,  but became a highly influential minister in the cabinets of Joe Clarke and Brian Mulroney. 

John became a great orator, a skill he acquired after entering politics, a testament to his determination and hard work, qualities for which he became well known. 

His support for the Hibernian Project, when it was in trouble, was crucial in obtaining federal equity assistance which saw offshore oil and gas development become a reality earlier than would have been the case.

Like his family, John’s influence on life in his home province was substantial. His wit, intelligence and hard work on behalf of the Province will be remembered.

Hon Brian Peckford is a former premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, now living on Vancouver Island.