Statement by John Nater, MP for Perth—Wellington on the passing of former Member of Provincial Parliament Hugh Edighoffer
For immediate release:
It is with great sadness that I have received word on the passing of Hugh Edighoffer, former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Hugh was a loyal public servant for our
community and a strong representative for Perth.
Hugh was a cornerstone in the community of Mitchell who was well-known for his lengthy and prolific career in politics which began when he served on Mitchell Town Council–including two
years as Mayor. In 1967, he was elected as MPP in the riding of Perth. Admired for his impartial approach, he was chosen by his colleagues in the Ontario Legislature to serve as Deputy
Speaker, and twice, as Speaker. A much-admired politician, he was elected seven times from 1967 to 1990 – an impressive 23 years of service – making him one of the most successful
politicians in this area.
When I was 14 years old, I purchased Hugh’s 160 bound copies of Hansard from his time at Queen’s Park. I was later fortunate to enjoy our many conversations. Hugh was a caring man
who was always very generous with his time and I thank him for his tireless service to our community, our province and our country.
On behalf of myself and my wife Justine, I would like to express my sympathies to his family and take this opportunity to pay tribute to a great man and Public Servant.