Swissair Memorial Planning Committee

Premier's Office

November 10, 1998 12:09 PM

Lorne Clarke, former Nova Scotia chief justice, will head a
committee to oversee creation of a memorial to the victims of
Swissair Flight 111, Premier Russell MacLellan announced today.
The committee will be involved in site selection and will oversee
planning and design of the memorial.

"There needs to be a special place to honour the memories of the
229 men, women and children who died, and to offer solace to
those they left behind," said Premier MacLellan. "We also want a
place of comfort for the many residents of the area who searched
in vain for survivors, and other Nova Scotians who helped in the
days following the tragedy.

"We are fortunate that an individual of Mr. Clarke's stature has
agreed to take this on."

The former chief justice was appointed to the Nova Scotia Supreme
Court in 1981. He has served on the Canadian Judicial Council,
National Judicial Institute, and other professional and community
organizations. He is currently serving as commissioner of the
Inquiry on Remuneration of Elected Public Officials.

"He is known for his integrity, compassion and professionalism
during his many years of service in the judiciary -- qualities
that, I know, will be greatly appreciated by those who will be
touched by the work of the committee," said the premier.

"It is an honour to be a part of the planning of the memorial for
the victims of Swissair Flight 111," said Mr. Clarke. "It is our
intention to involve family members, the community, business and
government in creating a memorial that honours the memory of
those who lost their lives so suddenly and so tragically on Sept.
2, 1998."

Committee members will be chosen in the next several weeks. An
office and administrative staff will support their work. A number
of generous offers of assistance have already been received and
all will be forwarded to the committee for consideration. In the
interim, questions or offers of assistance may be directed to the
Department of Justice at 902-424-7125.

NOTE: The following is intended for use by broadcast media.

     A former Nova Scotia chief justice will head a committee

to oversee the creation of a Swissair memorial.

Lorne Clarke will draw fellow committee members from

the community, business and government over the next few


Families of the Swissair victims will also be


They'll be involved in selecting a site and will

oversee the planning and design of the memorial.


Contact: Michele McKinnon
         Department of Justice

NOTE TO EDITORS: Lorne Clarke will be available for interviews
from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. today, Nov. 10, at the Department of
Justice, fourth floor, 5151 Terminal Road. Please contact Michele
McKinnon at the above number to arrange an interview.

ngr                 Nov. 10, 1998                 12:09 p.m.