I made the following statement today in the House of Commons.
I rise today to pay tribute to Newfoundlander Nancy Riche – a champion of feminism, a giant of the union movement, and a fighter for social democracy.
Nancy rose from humble beginnings as a clerk in St. John’s to become a key voice in Canadian labour during the 1980s and ’90s, rising to the position of secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress.
Nancy Riche was a feminist, socialist, activist, and trade unionist.
Nancy was probably best known in Newfoundland and Labrador for her work with the provincial New Democrats.
The NDP are on the verge of an historic breakthrough in my home province, and it’s due in large part to her work.
What was Nancy like?
Nancy was admitted to hospital late last week after suffering a heart attack.
She was waiting for surgery and demanded – demanded - to carry out a telephone poll from her hospital bed.
She was a tireless worker, advisor and friend to everyone.
Nancy passed away on Saturday at the age of 66.
Nancy, please make sure to say hello to Jack.