Statement on the Passing of Former MPP George R. McCague
(July 14, 2014) Today Ontario PC Leader Jim Wilson issued the following statement on the passing of former MPP and Cabinet Minister, George R. McCague:
“On behalf of the Ontario PC Caucus, I want to extend my sincere condolences to Brigitte McCague and the McCague family on the passing of one of Ontario’s greatest public servants.
George McCague was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1975 and went on to serve as the chair of cabinet and the Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet concurrently for almost a decade. He also served as Minister of Transportation and Communications, Minister of the Environment and Minister of Government Services before retiring from this Legislature in 1990.
Prior to his election to the Legislature, George served as town councilor, deputy reeve, reeve and mayor of the town of Alliston between 1960 and 1973. He served as warden of the County of Simcoe in 1966 and served again as mayor of the newly amalgamated town of New Tecumseth from 1992 to 1994.
He was the first chairman of the Niagara Escarpment Commission and a founding member and the first chair of the board of governors of Georgian College.
In retirement, George remained an active member of his community, coordinating the driver program for the Canadian Cancer Society of Simcoe County. He was also very active with St. John's United Church, the New Tecumseth Improvement Society, the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Nottawasaga Foundation.
George McCague was my mentor. Like family, he took me under his wing at a very young age and taught me the value of public service. I consider myself fortunate to have been counted among his many friends and share in the sadness of this magnificent loss."