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Former MP Paul Dewar says his brain cancer is terminal

NDP MP Paul Dewar asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on September 29, 2014. A former NDP member of parliament says he underwent surgery after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Paul Dewar, 55, who represented Ottawa Centre from 2006 until 2015, says in a Facebook post that he was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this month after experiencing discomfort in his arm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

A former NDP member of Parliament says his brain cancer is terminal.

Paul Dewar, who represented Ottawa Centre from 2006 until 2015, announced in February that he was undergoing treatment for a brain tumour but did not give details of his prognosis.

Dewar now says that he was diagnosed with terminal grade 4 glioblastoma — the same type of cancer that killed Gord Downie.

In an open letter, Dewar says the disease has given him a “new determination” to support young people’s aspirations, so he and several friends have founded an organization called “Youth Action Now.”

He says the organization will “support grassroots change driven by young people.”

Dewar lost his seat to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in the 2015 election, and became a board member for Human Rights Watch Canada and Partners in Health Canada.