Longtime senator and cabinet minister Allan J. MacEachen was named to the Order of Canada on Tuesday, along with three other Nova Scotians.

MacEachen, who was first elected to the House of Commons in 1953 under then-Liberal leader Louis St. Laurent, served as labour minister under Lester B. Pearson.

He went on to hold a list of heavy-hitting portfolios, including health and welfare, manpower and immigration, external affairs, Privy Council and finance, and was a key advisor to Pierre Trudeau.

 

He ran for the leadership of the Liberal party in 1968, but lost.

Children’s author Joyce Barkhouse of Bridgewater was made a member of the Order of Canada the same day. Well-known Head of St. Margarets Bay philanthrophist Fred Fountain joined her, along with oral historian James Morrison of Halifax.

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