Former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, a prominent figure in Canadian politics, died on Wednesday at the age of 72.
Segal, who was born in Montreal, was known for his long and distinguished career in public service.
He served as Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, a Senator from 2005 to 2014, and the Master of Massey College from 2014 to 2019.
Segal was also a skilled political strategist, author, and media commentator. He was known for his wit, intelligence, and his commitment to decency and integrity in politics.
The news of Segal’s death was met with widespread sadness and condolences from political leaders across the country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Segal was “a great Canadian who dedicated his life to public service.” Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that Segal was “a thoughtful visionary with a deep love for Canada.” And current Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre said that Segal was “a happy warrior who dedicated his life to serving Canada.”
Segal’s legacy will be remembered for his many contributions to Canadian politics. He was a true patriot who fought for what he believed in, and he will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to the tributes from political leaders, Segal’s family and friends also shared their memories of him. His wife, Donna, said that he was “a loving husband, father, and grandfather.” His daughter, Anya, said that he was “a brilliant man with a big heart.” And his son, Adam, said that he was “a mentor and a friend.”
Hugh Segal’s life was a testament to his commitment to public service and his belief in the power of decency and integrity in politics. He will be remembered as a true Canadian patriot and a “happy warrior” for a better Canada.