Mr. Speaker, today we put aside party differences to remember the late Eric Winkler.
Eric Winkler served at all three levels of government during his 29-year political career.
He served as mayor of his hometown in Hanover, he was a cabinet minister at Queen's Park and chief whip for the federal Tories when the late John Diefenbaker held power.
During World War II he served in the bomber command of the Royal Canadian Air Force where he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war from 1942 to 1945.
In 1957 he ran federally and was elected as the MP for Grey-Bruce, where he was re-elected four times.
In 1967 he left Ottawa and was elected the provincial member for the Grey riding, a position he held until his defeat in 1975. During his time at Queen's Park he became minister of revenue under Bill Davis in 1971.
In the 1980s he served as a member of the Ontario Racing Commission.
I extend on behalf of all my colleagues our deepest sympathy to his wife Frances, his children Mark, Tim, Jane and Mary, and his six grandchildren.
Eric Winkler served this country with pride and dignity and he will always be remembered as a great Canadian. May he rest in peace.