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Herb Gray, ex-deputy PM, dead at 82

Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced late Monday night.

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  1. Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister under Jean Chretien and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced Monday night.

  2. He was one of the longest serving MPs in Canadian history, having served the people of Windsor West for nearly four decades.

    Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau released a statement expressing his "great sadness" about the news. He called Gray "one of Canada's great statesmen" and said he leaves behind "an immense legacy unmatched by most in Canadian history."

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed his condolences to Gray's surviving family: a wife, two children and eight grand kids.
  3. Green Party leader Elizabeth May tweeted condolences on behalf of her party.
  4. Other Canadian politicians also tweeted their condolences and memories of the former politician.
  5. But Gray didn't just make his mark on politicians, he also touched the lives of many Canadians who expressed their memories of him online.
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