September 17, 2017 9:56 am

Prime Minister, NS Premier among those attending service for Allan MacEachen Sunday

Finance Minister Allan MacEachen in the House of Commons during budget night, Nov 12, 1981. Allan MacEachen, a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia who was a driving force behind many Canadian social programs, has died at the age of the 96.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil will both attend a celebration of life for Allan J. MacEachen.

MacEachen was a long-serving Liberal MP and senator from Nova Scotia  who died earlier this week at the age of 96.

READ: Allan MacEachen, former federal Liberal cabinet minister, dies at age 96

MacEachen was born in Cape Breton and first elected in 1953.

He was one of Canada’s most powerful cabinet ministers of the post-war era, holding a variety of posts including labour minister while also serving twice as secretary of state for external affairs. MacEachen also served a term as minister of national health and welfare from 1965-1968 during the creation of medicare. MacEachen served as deputy prime minister and was appointed to the Senate in 1984.

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A celebration of the life will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Charles V. Keating Centre at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish.

Trudeau and McNeil are each expected to deliver remarks at the service.

A live webcast of the services can be found at novascotia.ca.

With files from The Canadian Press

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