Former NDP MP from Ottawa, Paul Dawar, dies of brain cancer at 56

The Canadian Politician – The New Democratic Party’s foreign affairs vocal critic, Paul Dawar, has succumbed to brain cancer at the age of 56. The long-time Ottawa politician has been struggling with cancer for the last one year. In spite of his illness, Mr. Dawar remained positive, appreciating every day he spent battling the illness. The former teacher and union leader served his riding in Ottawa Centre in the House of Commons for almost a decade, 2006-2015. Dawar seized this platform to advocate for workers, human rights and Canada’s economic interaction with the global community.

For nine years, he espoused his convictions from the floor of the House, providing a viable opposition, and holding the ruling party accountable for its policies and programs. An ideologist and bridge builder in an institution etched in partisan politics, Dawar earned the admiration and respect for his principled positions and advocacy. To the very last minute, Dawar was an advocate for young people. The following message was found on his Facebook page after his death, “True change can only come when power is transferred to young people unburdened by cynicism.” He left behind his wife Julia and sons, Nathaniel and Jordan.   

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