Jean Lesage

Jean Lesage

Birth
Montreal, Montreal Region, Quebec, Canada
Death 12 Dec 1980 (aged 68)
Sillery, Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada
Burial Quebec, Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada
Memorial ID 7366129 · View Source
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Canadian politician. Premier of Québec. Born in Montreal, on June 10, 1912. He studied at the Jardin de l’enfance Saint-Enfant-Jésus in Montreal, the at the boarding school Saint-Louis-of-Gonzague in Quebec, at the Séminaire de Quebec and at Laval University in Quebec. He was admitted to the bar of the Province of Quebec on July 10, 1934. He was created Queen Councsel in law on January 13, 1961. He was part of the Army reserve from 1933 to 1945. As lawyer, his practice was in the city of Quebec. He was a Crown attorney and prosecutor for the Commission on prices and trade in times of war. In 1945, he was elected Liberal representative to the House of Commons for the Montmagny-L' Islet district. He was reelected in 1949. He became Parliamentary Assistant to the Secretary of External Affairs from January 24, 1951 to December 31, 1952. From January 1 at June 13, 1953, he acted in the same function for the Minister for Finance. Reelected again 1953, he was asked by Prime minister Saint-Laurent to join his cabinet as Minister of Resources and Economic Development, a post he held from September 17 at December 15, 1953, and the day after, having added the Canadian North to his mission, he lasted up to June 21, 1957. Although his party was defeated in the general elections of 1957 and 1958, himself he was reelected twice. On June 13, 1958, he resigned, following his election as the leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec on May 31, 1958. On June 22, 1960, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the district of Québec-Ouest Convening a general election in November 1962 on the topic of the nationalization of electricity, he gained a bright victory. His mandate as Premier of Québec, president of the Executive Council and Minister for Finance lasted from July 5, 1960 to June 16, 1966. His six years of government corresponded to one period of deep change for Quebec, a period historians are calling “La Révolution traqnquille” (The Quiet Revolution). The strong growth of the economy made it possible to launch major projects of public investments. Several state controlled societies were born: the Société générale de financement in 1962, the Sidérurgie du Québec in 1964, the Société québécoise d'exploration minière in 1965 and the Caisse de dépôt et de placement in 1965. The control of the natural resources seemed the symbol of a modern nationalism and new role for the State. Another one of his prime objectives the reform of the public office in strenghtening its independence and its competence. His government undertook a vast reform of education which culminated with the creation of the Department of Education in 1964. Quebec owed him the creation in 1961 of three ministries : Cultural Affairs, Revenue, Federal-Provincial Affairs. The insurance-hospitalization was also born in 1961. And finally, the representation of Quebec abroad wideed considerably under his mandate: the General Delegation of Quebec in Paris was inaugurated in 1961 as was her sister of London in 1963. In the general elections of 1966, his government was defeated but he was rrelected to the Assembly by his elecors of Louis-Hébert. He passed on his leadership to Robert Bourassa in January 1970. He did not represent himself in the April 1970 elections. After retiring from politics, he became very active on the boards of many financial firms and philanthropic societies. He died in in Sillery, on December 12, 1980.

Bio by: Guy Gagnon


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  • Originally Created by: Guy Gagnon
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7366129
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jean Lesage (10 Jun 1912–12 Dec 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7366129, citing Cimetière Notre-Dame-de-Belmont, Quebec, Capitale-Nationale Region, Quebec, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .