Dr. D. Michael Jackson, CVO, SOM, CD passed away at the age of 82 on November 23rd 2022.
Michael Jackson was extremely important in the first years of Transport 2000 Canada (Transport Action Canada) and continued to be an active member for the rest of his life. He was President of the Regina Rail Committee, which became Transport 2000 Saskatchewan. He organised the October 1976 National Rail Passenger Conference, in Regina, attended by a wide range of people, including MPs, railway officials, consumers, and others. Michael then edited the Conference Proceedings, which were published by the University of Regina. Michael then became the Executive Director of Transport 2000 Canada, working from Regina but visiting Ottawa as needed.
Michael then went on to a career during which he was Chief of Protocol of the Government of Saskatchewan, a Reserve Army Officer (he met his wife Helen in this setting) and an Anglican Deacon. Holding a PhD from the Université de Caen, France, Michael was thoroughly bilingual, and he was an interpreter and translator between French and English. He was prominent in the affairs of the Monarchist League of Canada, and had met several members of the Royal Family. He is the author and editor of several books on Canada’s constitution published by Dundurn Press
Michael had a wide circle of friends and he will be sorely missed in the spheres of endeavour in which he engaged. He leaves his wife of nearly 40 years, Helen, their children and six granddaughters. A memorial service is and celebration of Michael’s life will be held on Sat. 20th of May 2023. Transport Action Canada wishes to extend its sincere condolences to Michael Jackson’s family and friends and associates.
Photograph: Michael Jackson at the head of the table, chairing a 1976 meeting of Transport 2000