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Former MP Jim Peterson Remembered for Dedication to Public Service

Toronto – The Greater Toronto Area mourns the loss of the Honourable Jim Peterson, former Member of Parliament for Willowdale, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadians across the nation pay tribute to his legacy of public service.

Jim Peterson, a distinguished lawyer-turned-politician, passed away, leaving behind a profound impact on Canada’s political landscape. Prime Minister Trudeau reflected on Peterson’s remarkable contributions, stating, “Jim’s leadership and dedication left an indelible mark on Canada’s political landscape.”

Throughout his illustrious career spanning twenty-three years in Parliament, Peterson played a pivotal role in shaping Canada’s international trade policies. Serving as Secretary of State under Prime Minister Chrétien and later as Minister of International Trade under Prime Minister Martin, Peterson advocated tirelessly for his constituents and the nation at large. His efforts were instrumental in advancing Canada’s economic prosperity and global engagement.

Beyond politics, Peterson remained a champion for philanthropy, embodying values of justice, equality, and social impact. His commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of others resonated deeply with Canadians, earning him respect and admiration across party lines.

As Canada reflects on Jim Peterson’s enduring legacy, his dedication to public service serves as an inspiration for future generations. Prime Minister Trudeau expressed heartfelt condolences to Peterson’s family and friends, recognizing the profound loss felt by all Canadians.


Jim Peterson’s passing marks the end of an era in Canadian politics, but his legacy of service and dedication to the betterment of society will continue to inspire generations to come. As we mourn his loss, we also celebrate his remarkable contributions and the values he stood for. Peterson’s commitment to public service, combined with his integrity and compassion, sets a high standard for all who follow in his footsteps. In honoring his memory, let us recommit ourselves to the principles of justice, equality, and service that Jim Peterson exemplified throughout his life.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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