On November 22, Michael McLeod delivered the following statement in the House of Commons:
Mr. Speaker, on October 16, Ruth Spence, a long-time northerner, volunteer, and women’s and children’s advocate, and municipal politician, passed away just short of her 90th birthday.
I was fortunate enough to have met Ruth Spence several times over the years and known of her lasting impact on the city of Yellowknife. Ruth was a tireless volunteer who was essential in setting up the Liberal Riding Association, and was a constant force there for decades. She also opened Yellowknife’s YWCA and was its first executive director. It was an honour to have known Ms. Spence and to hear her advice.
Our thoughts continue to be with her family as they mourn the passing of their mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.