OTTAWA – Malpeque Member of Parliament, Wayne Easter, made the following statement in the House of Commons Monday regarding Roy Atkinson, who passed away suddenly on May 17th, 2016:
“Mr. Speaker, today I pay tribute to Roy Atkinson, who recently passed away.
Roy was an advocate, farm leader, and visionary. His tireless work to promote social and economic change taught generations to believe in a cause with courage and conviction. He fought fearlessly on behalf of Canadian farmers.
Serving in key leadership roles, including founding president of the National Farmers Union, Roy brought farmers together from coast to coast. Ahead of his time, he established leadership positions for youth and women, laying the foundations for future equality. He helped pave the way for Canada’s medicare system, serving as a “grassroots general” in Saskatchewan’s fight for universal medicare. He served on the Canadian Wheat Board advisory co-op boards and the Economic Council of Canada.
Fittingly, Roy was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agriculture Hall of Fame and awarded with Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada. Farming with his wife Bette for 52 years, he leaves a legacy of activism, commitment, determination, and integrity.
The best to his children.”