VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Former B.C. politician Ian Waddell has died at the age of 78.
Waddell served four terms for the federal NDP after he took the seat of Vancouver Kingsway in 1979, later leading the riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam from 1988 to 1993.
After that, he moved to provincial politics. He was elected to represent the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview in 1996.
Waddell later served as minister of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.
“Ian was the first person to welcome me to Parliament Hill when I was a legislative assistant 35 years ago,” Premier John Horgan writes. “Everything he did, he approached with passion and a desire to make progress for people.
Ian Waddell was the first person to welcome me to Parliament Hill when I was a legislative assistant 35 years ago. Everything Ian did, he approached with passion & desire to make progress for people. I’m saddened to learn of his passing. He will be missed.https://t.co/S80KWzelF0 pic.twitter.com/UsrLBZrZ9E
— John Horgan (@jjhorgan) March 16, 2021
Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also took a moment to remember Waddell, writing on Twitter that he was “shocked and saddened” to hear about his passing.
“Ian was a champion of social justice — and, his legacy is that of a man who always uplifted those around him,” Singh writes. “Rest in Power Ian.”