Sad news for Waterloo Region, former Cambridge Progressive Conservative MPP Gerry Martiniuk passed away Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer.
Martiniuk served as MPP of Cambridge for 16 years from 1995 to 2011.
Current Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry has issued a statement saying although she differed politically from Martiniuk, they both shared the common goal of doing what was best for the residents of Cambridge and North Dumfries.
“Gerry always put his constituents first,” says McGarry. “He was a fixture in the riding and always made time to talk to, and spend time with, the various groups that make up our community. I remember fondly seeing Gerry out at community events, and the warmth and compassion he showed to everyone who approached him with an issue or problem. He was an example of how an elected official should conduct themselves.”
Martiniuk was a lawyer who studied at University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto and Osgood Hall Law School.
He was also a regular support member of many community groups from St. John’s Ambulance and Trinity Community Table, serving as a public school trustee, the president of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Waterloo Region Police Commission.
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has a full list of his extensive Parliamentary History.
His successor, former Cambridge MPP Rob Leone says Martiniuk helped to make the riding a better place.
“He was a passionate advocate for the expansion of Cambridge Memorial Hospital, but he also rolled up his sleeves for the Doctor’s Recruitment Task Force to find more family doctors,” says Leone. “And so today we are getting that hospital and we have more family doctors than ever and I think Gerry put the wheels in motion for all of that.”