John Horne, a former Member of Parliament under the New Democratic Party (NDP) administration, died Monday morning at the age of 76.
NDP Vice-President St. Clair Leacock confirmed this to iWitness News, saying that the former West Kingstown representative died at home in Cane Garden around 1 a.m.
iWitness News understands that Horne was being treated for prostate cancer and other complications.
Horne represented West Kingstown from 1984 to 2001, when he lost to Rene Baptiste of the Unity Labour party, which swept to office, ending the NDP’s 17-year management of the nation’s affairs.
During his time as a Member of Parliament, Horne served as a cabinet minister, with responsibilities for education, culture, and trade under then prime minister, Sir James Mitchell.