Premier Darrell Dexter offered his condolences today, July 8, onthe death of political scientist, author and distinguishedscholar, Peter Aucoin. Mr. Aucoin, from Halifax, passed away July 7 at the age of 67. “Nova Scotia, and Canada, has lost one of its most respected all-round political scientists of this generation,” said Premier Dexter. “Dr. Aucoin made his mark as a great teacher, researcher and advisor for all levels of government. “His work as research director on the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing in particular inspired a generation of scholars and helped shape electoral law and campaign finance legislation right across the county and the Commonwealth. He will be sorely missed.” For more than 40 years Mr. Aucoin served on the faculty at Dalhousie University in a number of roles, including director of the School of Public Administration and chair of the Department of Political Science. In 1999, the Nova Scotia Region of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada awarded Mr. Aucoin with the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration. The same group later awarded him the Governor General’s Vanier Medal for distinctive leadership and accomplishment in Canadian public service. Mr. Aucoin received Dalhousie’s Alumni Award for excellence in teaching in 2006 and that same year was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.