Mr. Speaker, last Monday, the remarkable life of D. Scott McNutt ended.
It started in Digby, included stints in the British Merchant Navy and at St. F.X., a social welfare crusader, a young MLA, a busy cabinet minister, a businessman and an artist.
In Premier Gerald Regan's reforming cabinet of the 1970s, Scott led many positive changes, including the construction of the Dartmouth General Hospital where he spent his final days 35 years later.
He was a renaissance man, a visionary, a dapper, eloquent man who studied and had an innate sense of history, politics and people.
An accomplished artist, his paintings reflect those things he held dear--people, the earth and the sea.
To spend time with Scott, one learned to bring one's wit and words but to check one's ego at the door. He had no time for pretense.
He lived his life for good company and for his family, especially Jamie, Laura and Clive, who mourn him now. But they know, as do his friends, that Scott McNutt lived his life without malice or regret and he left on his own terms. He and we are proud of that.