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Former Metis member of Parliament passes away in Penticton

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November 02, 2013 - 3:59 PM

PENTICTON - The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples says a high profile Métis leader who was elected to Parliament died Friday in the south Okanagan city of Penticton, Eugène Rhéaume was 80.

Rhéaume ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House in March 1962, but he was elected to represent the opposition Progressive Conservatives in the Northwest Territories one year later when Lester Pearson was the Liberal prime minister.

He served on nine Parliamentary committees, including fisheries, Indian affairs, human rights and citizenship, as well as mines, forests and waters.

He was defeated in the 1965 and 1974 federal elections, and according to the parliamentary website, worked as an administrator, insurance agent and social worker.

The congress' National Chief Betty Ann Lavallée says Rhéaume was an honorary member of the organization and a member of the Aboriginal Order of Canada.

She has offered her condolences to the family, saying his contributions will live on, and he will not be forgotten.

The cause of death was unknown.

A photo taken of Eugène Rhéaume on his 80th birthday.
A photo taken of Eugène Rhéaume on his 80th birthday.
Image Credit: Congress of Aboriginal People
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