May 16, 2003
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Premier Bernard Lord, on behalf of the Government of New Brunswick, today expressed condolences to the family of Edward Byrne, a Bathurst lawyer and business leader who died Wednesday in Halifax.
In the 1960s, Byrne chaired New Brunswick's Royal Commission on Finance and Municipal Taxation whose report lead to the adoption of the province's Equal Opportunity program.
"It is with sadness that we learned of the death this week of Edward Byrne," Lord said. "Mr. Byrne certainly deserves credit for his work on the Royal Commission. Its report, commonly known as the Byrne report, gave way to the Equal Opportunity program of the government of Louis J. Robichaud that transformed the Province of New Brunswick in the late 1960s."
Lord said Byrne will go down in history as one of the architects of modern New Brunswick. "He made a tremendous contribution to this province in helping it to achieve a unique identity in Canada," the premier said.
Born in Chatham and a former mayor of Bathurst, Byrne had many honours bestowed upon him, including the Order of Canada and honourary degrees from the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, among others.
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