PC Leader Tim Houston statement on the death of Premier Buchanan

October 04, 2019 at 11:17 am

Progressive Conservative leader Tim Houston today extended his sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late Premier John Buchanan.

Premier Buchanan died yesterday at the age of 88.

“Premier Buchanan will be remembered as a master campaigner and skilled politician,” Houston said. “But it was his incredible ability to connect with Nova Scotians that I believe is his true legacy.”

Premier Buchanan led the Progressive Conservative Party to four consecutive majority governments in 1978, 1981, 1984 and 1988. He was Nova Scotia’s fourth longest serving premier. In 1990, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada.

“I will remember Premier Buchanan as a wonderful storyteller and a man whose genuine interest in people meant he never forgot a name or a face,” Houston said. “He will be missed by many.”

Premier Buchanan loved Nova Scotia and encouraged others to share his affection for the province. In 2010, he said: “We don’t do enough bragging about Nova Scotia . . . Brag about the people, the resources, the entrepreneurs — like the people here tonight — and our heritage as the birthplace of New Scotland.”

“My thoughts are with Mavis, their five children and the many friends who are mourning Premier Buchanan’s loss,” Houston said.