With gratitude and sadness, the Group of 78 acknowledges the passing of Patrick Watson, one of the “original 78” who signed the statement to the Prime Minister on Canadian foreign policy in 1981 that led to the creation of our Organization. Patrick Watson was a pioneering icon of Canadian broadcasting whose creativity and views were an invaluable contribution to Canadian public life over more than 50 years. The Group of 78 is grateful that the vision he shared with others 40 years ago is still strong and active today. We offer our condolences to his family.
A brief account of Mr. Watson’s life can be found in our Salute to the Originals: https://group78.org/a-salute-to-the-originals/.