|Senator for Québec, Quebec|
September 27, 1990 – June 16, 2000
|Appointed by||Brian Mulroney|
|Born||June 16, 1925|
Rigaud, Quebec, Canada
|Died||December 28, 2017 (aged 92)|
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Born in Rigaud, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph Seminary, Trois-Rivières in 1946 and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1949 from Laval University. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1949 and was created a Queen's Counsel in 1959. A practicing lawyer, he worked in mining law at the Chambre de commerce du Québec.
In 1990, he was summoned to the Senate of Canada on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney used a little-known constitutional provision to increase the number of senators by eight temporarily, thus giving the Progressive Conservatives a majority in the upper chamber needed to pass the Goods and Services Tax legislation. A Progressive Conservative, he represented the senatorial division of Quebec until he retired in 2000. He was Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee - Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders.
He was the author of L'indispensable Sénat: défense d'une institution mal aimée, a book in which he defended the existence of the Senate.
- "Debates of the Senate (Hansard)". Retrieved October 25, 2006.
- "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". University of Toronto Press. Retrieved October 25, 2006.
- "L'Abitibi-Témiscamingue perd son ancien sénateur". lechoabitibien.ca. Archived from the original on 4 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.