Liberal Politician Richard Patten Death, Obituary Passed Away at the Age of 79
We are sad to announce that a member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, Richard Patten passed away on Friday, December 31, 2021.
Yasir Naqvi released Richard Patten’s death news on Twitter, writing: “It is with much sadness I have learned that Richard Patten, former MPP for Ottawa Centre, has peacefully passed away. Richard diligently served our community from 1987-1990 and 1995-2007. He was a friend and mentor and will be missed.”
He didn’t state any report about Richard Patten’s cause of death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.
Richard Andrew Patten was a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario between 1987-1990 and then from 1995 to 2007. He represented the riding of Ottawa Centre and served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.
Richard Patten was educated at Sir George Williams University in Montreal. He served as a manager with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and also worked as President of the CCIC (Canadian Council for International Cooperation.) Patten sat on an NGO advisory committee to the World Bank while was serving on the CCIC.
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Richard Patten’s Political Background
Patten ran as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Ottawa Centre in the 1987 provincial election. He dominated incumbent New Democrat Evelyn Gigantes by just over 2,000 votes. The Liberal party won the election and Patten was appointed as Minister of Government Services. In August 1989 he was shuffled to Minister of Correctional Services.
He also was defeated by his NDP rival Gigantes in the 1990 provincial election and served as President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation for the next five years, doing extensive fund-raising activities for the organization.