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Longtime B.C. politician, former lieutenant governor Garde Gardom dies at 88

June 19, 2013 - 12:49 PM

VICTORIA - Garde Gardom, the 26th lieutenant governor of British Columbia, has died.

In a statement, Premier Christy Clark says Gardom embraced life's challenges and opportunities with equal gusto and led a life that B.C. residents could be proud to aspire to.

Gardom was an MLA, former attorney general and B.C.'s representative in London before he took on the job as lieutenant governor in April 1995.

While in government, he initiated the CounterAttack program against drinking and driving in 1978 and promoted a peaceful resolution of Doukhobor issues.

Clark says Gardom was an inspiration to a generation of people and B.C. is a richer place because of his service.

Gardom married Helen Mackenzie in 1956 and they had five children and 11 grandchildren.

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