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Former premier Roger Bacon dies at 95

Nova Scotia's 21st premier died Monday evening
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Former premier Roger Bacon

Flags at Province House are at half-mast in honour of Roger Bacon.

Nova Scotia's 21st premier died Monday evening at the age of 95.

Bacon led the province from September 1990 until February 1991.

"Premier Bacon was a tireless and dedicated public servant and a pioneering farmer who helped transform Nova Scotia's blueberry industry," Premier Tim Houston said today in a news release.

"Our province is better and stronger because of his many contributions."

Bacon was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1970 as the Progressive Conservative MLA for Cumberland East.

He was a longtime minister of agriculture and also served as minister of tourism, minister of housing, minister of environment and deputy premier. 

"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I send my deepest condolences to Premier Bacon's children Doug, Diana and Deborah, his extended family and his many friends," Houston added.

Nova Scotians wanting to pay their respects can sign an online book of condolences, or offer their condolences to the family by emailing condolences@novascotia.ca.

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