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Timmins history: The longest-serving mayor

For the next couple weeks in our local history feature, we’ll remember Timmins’ longest serving mayor. Vic Power died last week at the age of 89.

Timmins Museum director-curator Karen Bachmann says Mayor Power was well respected in and outside of the city.

“As I’m going through and looking at some of the clippings we have, and some of the information we have,” she notes,” it’s interesting to see how he took the city and made it very much a provincial concern, but also a national concern, and I think he should be really remembered for that.”

Bachmann says Power was friends with federal Liberal politicians Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, and had doors opened for him at Queen’s Park, regardless of the party running the place.

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When he retired, then provincial mines minister Tim Hudak attended the party, talking about learning a lot from Power.

“And actually when he was made minister, actually called Vic for information and some advice on how to handle things.”

Next week: He wasn’t flashy, but Vic Power was always well prepared.

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