Hurtig lived his legacies. He didn’t wait to hear about them from his eulogist.

(Vancouver, B.C., August 4) Mel Hurtig, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, didn’t wait to hear about the legacies he’d leave behind while on his death bed. Instead, he lived his legacies, enjoying them and seeing their effect, now.

“Mel was unique in this” said Robb Lucy, author of Legacies aren’t just for dead people!’ “He didn’t want to just leave some Legacies behind; he wanted to live his legacies and enjoy their benefits. They would connect him to others, enhance and change lives. And he knew when he ‘went’, those legacies would continue.”

Hurtig was an author, politician and activist, and most notably the publisher of The Canadian Encyclopedia, which was called by the Calgary Herald’s political columnist Don Braid “the single greatest publishing feat in the history of Canadian publishing.”

“Hurtig was Wikipedia for Canada long before Wikipedia” said Lucy

But Hurtig’s active legacies were shaking the rafters in the corridors of the country with his fight against free trade, and his books and commentaries about foreign ownership and cultural imperialism. He called Canada a ‘bastion of freedom’, noting the country has the resources and people to insure that freedom ‘never slips away’.

“That’s what made him unique” said Lucy. “Most people don’t know what their legacies will be. Hurtig knew his. He was opening and changing minds, and they would continue to build Canada when Mel was gone.”


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