Former MP succumbs to brain cancer

Paul Dewar, a former teacher, union leader and New Democrat M-P has died after a year-long battle with brain cancer.

The well-liked politician served as the MP for Ottawa Centre from 2006 to 2015, much of which he also spent as the NDP's foreign-affairs critic.

Whether it was the war in Afghanistan, free-trade deals or the defence of human rights and democracy in developing countries, Dewar was fierce in his convictions, but also willing to listen to differing viewpoints to try to find a consensus.

Dewar's path into politics saw him following in the footsteps of his mother, Marion Dewar, who was not only one of Ottawa's most beloved mayors, but also a heavyweight in the federal NDP and social-activist circles in the 1970s and '80s.

The 56-year-old Dewar is survived by his wife, Julia Sneyd, and their two sons, Nathaniel and Jordan.