Frank Howard dead at 85

A Former MLA and MP for the area has passed away.

A Former MLA and MP for the area has passed away.

Frank Howard was living in Surrey at the time of his death on March 15.

He was 85.

A logger by profession and active in the International Woodworkers of America, Howard ran unsuccessfully in the provincial Skeena riding for the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), the predecessor to the NDP, in 1952.

He was elected the following year and defeated in 1956.

Howard was then elected as the MP for Skeena in 1957, beginning a 17-year span in Ottawa.

He lost in 1974 but returned to the provincial scene, being elected in 1979 as Skeena MLA.

He was re-elected in 1983 and retired from active politics after being defeated in 1986.

Longtime NDP supporter Les Watmough said Howard had the ability to calm both sides in a dispute and get them to work together.

“A word from him was like gospel,” said Watmough.

 

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