Arthur Porter dies in Panama after battle with lung cancer

Montreal Gazette

Arthur Porter, former head of the McGill University Health Centre, died at 11:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Instituo Oncologico Nacional hospital in Panama.

He died of lung cancer that had spread, his lawyer Ricardo Bilonick told the Montreal Gazette in a telephone interview Wednesday.

“He was finally taken to a hospital three months ago. They realized at the jail that his condition was not good,” said Bilonick, a U.S.-trained lawyer and former Panamanian ambassador to the United States who once boasted close ties with Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega.

The MUHC issued a brief statement extending its condolences. The Prime Minister’s Office said it would not be issuing a statement about Porter’s death. As Porter is a member of the Privy Council Office, protocol dictates that flags be lowered to half staff. However, a source within the Prime Minister’s Office said late Wednesday that in this case, the protocol will be waived.

It’s not clear…

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