Some Missing Pages: The Black Community in the History of Quebec and Canada
Unit 8: The Post War Years
Lincoln Alexander

Lincoln Alexander

Lincoln Alexander, of Hamilton, Ontario, became the first Black member of the federal parliament in 1968 and the first Black cabinet minister of the federal government as Minister of Labour in 1979. After 12 years of service as a member of parliament, he resigned from federal politics and became the chairman of the Ontario Workmen's Compensation Board. He was also the first Black person appointed Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

Leonard Braithwaite

Leonard Braithwaite, a lawyer living in Etobicoke, Ontario, was the first Black elected to a Canadian provincial legislature. He served as a Liberal member of the Ontario Provincial Legislature from 1963 until 1975. In his first speech to the Ontario legislature, Braithwaite spoke out strongly against some Ontario schools that were still keeping Black children apart from White children. After Braithwaite's criticism, the Ontario government got rid of a law that had allowed for school segregation.
Leanoard Braithwaite


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