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Louis Stephen St. Laurent.

Quick Facts

1882 - 1973

Term(s) of Office:
November 15, 1948 - June 21, 1957

Born

  • February 1, 1882, Compton, Quebec

Education

  • St. Charles Seminary, Sherbrooke, B.A. 1902
  • Laval University, LL.L. 1905

Personal Life

  • Married 1908, Jeanne Renault (1886 - 1966)
  • Two sons, three daughters

Occupations

  • Lawyer (called to the Quebec Bar in 1905)
  • 1914 Professor of Law, Laval University
  • 1929 Bâtonnier of the Quebec Bar
  • 1930 - 1932 President of the Canadian Bar Association
  • 1937 - 1940 Counsel to Rowell-Sirois Commission on Dominion-Provincial Relations

Political Party

  • Liberal
  • 1948 - 1958 Party Leader

Constituencies

  • 1942 - 1958 Quebec East, Quebec

Other Ministries

  • 1941 - 1946, 1948 Justice and Attorney General
  • 1946 - 1948 External Affairs
  • 1948 - 1957 President of the Privy Council

Political Record

  • Trans-Canada Highway Act 1949
  • Promoted Canada's membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 1949
  • Welcomed Newfoundland into Confederation 1949
  • Canadian participation in the Korean War 1950 - 1953
  • Appointed Vincent Massey first Canadian-born governor general 1952
  • Start of construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway 1954
  • Equalization payments 1956
  • Canada Council established 1957
  • Leader of the Opposition 1957 - 1958

Died

  • July 25, 1973, Quebec City, Quebec
  • Grave site: Cemetery of St. Thomas Aquinas, Compton, Quebec

Source: Canada's Prime Ministers, 1867 - 1994. [Ottawa]: National Archives of Canada, c1994. 20 p.

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