Canadian Medical Association

Etobicoke, Ont.; McGill University, 1962; psychiatry. Died of Lewy body dementia June 10, 2020, aged 82. Survived by his wife Paddy, 2 children and 5 grandchildren. “Stuart had a life-long interest in government and politics, and in 1965 sought the Liberal nomination for the Montréal federal riding of Mount Royal. He eventually withdrew his nomination in favour of a then unknown Pierre Trudeau. In 1967, Stuart left Montréal for Hamilton, where he became a professor of psychiatry at the new McMaster University medical school and helped to design its innovative, problem-based curriculum. Always attracted to public policy and protection of the environment, Stuart ran as a Liberal in the 1975 Ontario provincial election for the riding of Hamilton West. He soon became leader of the Official Opposition, serving alongside Premier William Davis and NDP leader Stephen Lewis. Stuart led the Ontario Liberal Party through 2 elections (1978 and 1981) before retiring from politics. From 1982 to 1987, he served as the chair of the Science Council of Canada and, from 1995 to 2002, as chair of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. Stuart’s contribution in the field of education included serving as chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph-Humber. He also headed the Smith Commission — an inquiry into the state of post-secondary education across the country — in 1991.”

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