Gilles Lamontagne

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Gilles Lamontagne

24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
March 28, 1984 – August 9, 1990
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Edward Schreyer
Jeanne Sauvé
Ray Hnatyshyn
Premier René Lévesque
Pierre-Marc Johnson
Robert Bourassa
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Côté
Succeeded by Martial Asselin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Langelier
In office
May 24, 1977 – March 28, 1984
Preceded by Jean Marchand
Succeeded by Michel Côté
Mayor of Quebec City
In office
December 1, 1965 – December 1, 1977
Preceded by Wilfrid Hamel
Succeeded by Jean Pelletier
Personal details
Joseph-Georges-Gilles-Claude Lamontagne

(1919-04-17)April 17, 1919
Montreal, Quebec
Died June 14, 2016(2016-06-14) (aged 97)
Quebec City, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Military service
Branch/service Canadian Red Ensign (1921–1957).svg Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service 1941-1945
Rank Canadian RCAF OF-2.svg Flight Lieutenant / Bomber Pilot

Joseph-Georges-Gilles-Claude Lamontagne, PC OC CQ CD (French pronunciation: ​[ʒozɛf ʒɔʁʒ ʒil klod lamɔ̃taɲ]; April 17, 1919 – June 14, 2016) was a Canadian politician and the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

Early life

He was born in Montreal. During World War II, Lamontagne served as a bomber pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was later shot down over the Netherlands in 1943, being detained as a prisoner of war until May 1945. He ended his air force service with the rank of flight lieutenant. In 1946, he settled in Quebec City and entered the importing business. He became a member of the Rotary Club of Quebec City with his partner and neighbour Jean Poliquin.


He entered politics and was elected mayor of Quebec City in 1965. He held that post until he won a seat in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal Party candidate in a 1977 by-election. In 1978, he entered the Cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as Postmaster General. He served in that position until the defeat of the government in the 1979 election. When the Liberals returned to power in the 1980 election, Lamontagne returned to Cabinet as Minister of National Defence.

Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec (1984–90)

In 1984, he left politics to accept the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec, and served as the province's viceroy until his retirement in 1990.

Personal life

Lamontagne married Mary Schaefer in 1949 and had four children and five grandchildren. Schaefer died in 2006. Lamontagne died in 2016 at the age of 97.[1] In 1990, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2000, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and in 2005, a member of l'Ordre des Grands Québécois. He was an honorary member of the Royal Military College of Canada club student # H15200.


See also


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  2. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume I), Ottawa, 1988

External links

  • Gilles Lamontagne – Parliament of Canada biography
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