Jim Fulton, the bombastic former NDP MP and long-time head of the David Suzuki Foundation, died Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Mr. Fulton, 57, was warmly remembered Sunday as a passionate advocate for the environment and first nations. His blunt and lively style was also celebrated.
"He was completely bombastic all the time, no matter what the issue was. He had one volume setting: loud," said Ian Gill, president of Ecotrust Canada. "Jim was un-Canadian. He wasn't quiet. He wasn't a big process guy. He wasn't 'let's make sure everyone's feeling good.' He did what he thought he was right."
Mr. Fulton was born in 1950 in Edmonton and was a parole officer. In 1979, he ran for the New Democratic Party and unseated a Liberal cabinet minister in Skeena in northwestern British Columbia. He was environment critic for about half of his 14 years in Parliament.
He once famously slapped a B.C. salmon on the House of Commons desk of then prime minister Brian Mulroney to attract attention to environmental issues.
Among Mr. Fulton's accomplishments as an MP was leading the push to preserve part of his beloved Queen Charlotte Islands as a national park.
He retired from politics in 1993 and became executive director of the Suzuki foundation, a Vancouver-based environmental advocacy group.
"He's a great man; he'll be deeply missed, around the world, not just in B.C. or Canada. He was a person of international reputation," Mr. Gill said.
Mr. Fulton was diagnosed as having colon cancer several years ago. In the face of disease, his spirit was undaunted.
"He told me, 'Gill, get your ass checked.' He became a one-man promoter of colonoscopy."