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Former Timiskaming MPP and Liberal cabinet minister David Ramsay dies – CBC

Ramsay is one of the few Canadian politicians to switch parties and go on to a long career

Jul 30, 2020

A northern Ontario politician who switched parties right after he was first elected — and went on to win six more elections and serve as a cabinet minister — has died.

David Ramsay was 72.

He was born in Australia, adopted by Canadian parents and later moved to the Temiskaming district where he was a farmer and municipal clerk.

Ramsay was elected MPP for Timiskaming in 1985 as a New Democrat.

The next year, he disagreed with his party’s opposition to back-to-work legislation for striking Toronto transit workers and became a Liberal.

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