Former highways minister Graham Lea dies

Graham Lea, a highways minister in Dave Barrett’s NDP government in the 1970s, has died in Victoria, at the age of 79.

Lea served in the RCAF in the 1950s and worked as a CBC broadcaster. He won the Prince Rupert seat in 1972 and served as the MLA until 1986. He was highways minister for two years and ran unsuccessfully for the leadership of the party in 1984.

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Subsequently, Lea was executive director of the Truck Loggers’ Association for 11 years.

He died April 3.

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