Warren Allmand 1932-2016 has died at the age of 84 after a lifetime of public service to Canada and the world. His impact on Canada and Canadian values was immense, from his success as Solicitor General in abolishing the death penalty in Canada, to his personification of everything the world thinks of as Canadian – his modesty, thoughtfulness, kindness, hard work, dedication to human rights and social justice, and a true internationalist working for international peace and security. Indefatigable in every way possible, he was still playing team hockey in early 2016 when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Warren was a founding CANADEM Board Member and served on the Board for 19 years. His personification of how one individual can make a difference helped form the touchstone of CANADEM – a belief in the ability of individuals to make a difference, and thus our role in strengthening the UN and the international community one expert at a time.
P.C., O.C., Q.C., B.C.L., LL.D., a Federal Member of Parliament from Montreal for 33 years, Warren held a number of Cabinet posts including Solicitor General, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs. Following politics, he became President of Rights & Democracy, defending human rights worldwide. A member of the Bar in Quebec, Ontario, Yukon and N.W.T., Warren held a number of degrees, including a B.C.L. from McGill University and Honorary Doctorates of Laws from both St. Thomas University and St. Francis Xavier University. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1977 and received numerous awards and honours, including appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. Throughout his career he was an ardent supporter of civil society, and after politics became active in a number of NGOs including the World Federalists and CANADEM.
Warren will be sorely missed even though his legacy and his personal aura will live on.