A high-profile organizer and supporter of former prime minister Paul Martin has died.
The Liberal Party of Canada confirmed Friday that Mike Robinson died in Normandy, France. He was 67.
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It was not clear whether he died Thursday or early Friday morning.
Robinson, who was born in Canmore, AB, and grew up in Calgary, spent the last 30 years as one of Canada’s top public affairs consultants.
Remembering Mike Robinson and his lifetime of public service. An extraordinary leader in Canadian public policy, government, and campaigns.
— Liberal Party (@liberal_party) July 1, 2016
Robinson served as an executive assistant to a federal cabinet minister in the 1970s and held several senior volunteer positions in the Liberal party, the Earnscliffe Strategy Group website said.
He was also one of the early supporters of Martin during his first leadership run in the 1990s. He served as the chief financial officer for the Liberals from 1986 to 1990.
“My colleagues and I are all devastated. He was well loved within the consulting community, politics and throughout Canada,” said Charles Bird, principal at Earnscliffe, a consulting agency co-founded by Robinson and Harry Near.
“He was a leader and mentor for so many of us.”
Canadian politicians took to 桑拿会所 on Friday to lament Robinson’s death.
Deeply saddened to hear that my remarkable+loyal friend Mike Robinson has died. Our love+thoughts are with ML + family.
— Ralph Goodale (@RalphGoodale) July 2, 2016
Mike Robinson was my best friend. A gentle giant with a huge heart and a keen mind. People from all walks were his friend and better for it.
— Tom Clark (@tomclarktv) July 1, 2016
Sad to hear of the passing of Mike Robinson. Those of us who are of a certain age understood Mike’s passion for politics .What a gentleman.
— Jim Munson (@SenatorMunson) July 2, 2016
Sad to learn of the passing of Mike Robinson….decent guy…one of those people who make democracy work.
— John Baird (@Baird) July 2, 2016
Robinson is survived by his wife, ML Walsh, and four children.
Editor’s note: A previous version of the story said Mike Robinson was 65 and born in England. He was 67 and born in Canmore, Alberta.