Premier Rodney MacDonald expressed sadness with the passing of former MLA and provincial cabinet minister Ed Lorraine. Mr. Lorraine was first elected to the legislature as the member for Colchester North in 1981. He was defeated in 1984 but re-elected in 1988 and 1993. He served as Minister of Agriculture and Marketing and Minister responsible for the administration of the Gaming Control Act and the Liquor Control Act from 1997 to 1999. He also served in municipal government as Warden of Colchester County from 1973 to 1981. As a farmer, Mr. Lorraine had long been involved in issues concerning the well-being and survival of the family farm. He was a strong voice serving in various positions in the Eastern Livestock Sale Society, the Nova Scotia Beef Producers Association, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture. “Mr. Lorraine was not only a tremendous representative for his constituency but was an invaluable advocate for the agricultural community during his time in government and throughout his private life,” the premier said. The premier extended condolences to Mr. Lorraine’s wife, Shirley, and his children and grandchildren on the loss of a dedicated farmer and public servant. The flags at Province House will fly at half-mast in his memory.