Paul Gérin-Lajoie

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Paul Gérin-Lajoie
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MNA for Vaudreuil-Soulanges
In office
1960–1969
Preceded byLoyola Schmidt
Succeeded byFrançois-Edouard Belliveau
Personal details
Born(1920-02-23)February 23, 1920
Montreal, Quebec
DiedJune 25, 2018(2018-06-25) (aged 98)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetMinister of Youth (1960–1964)
Minister of Education (1964–1966)

Paul Gérin-Lajoie (February 23, 1920 – June 25, 2018) was a Canadian lawyer, politician and philanthropist.[1][2]

Early life[change | change source]

Gérin-Lajoie was born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied at Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Université de Montréal, and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Career[change | change source]

Gérin-Lajoie ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal candidate in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 1956 general election and in a 1957 by-election. He was elected in Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 1960 election and was re-elected in 1962 and 1966.

From 1960 to 1964. he was the Minister of Youth in the cabinet of Jean Lesage and in 1964 became the first person since 1875 to be appointed Minister of Education, serving in that position until 1966.

Gérin-Lajoie was president of the Canadian International Development Agency from 1970 to 1977.

He founded the Paul Gérin-Lajoie Foundation, in 1977, an organization that has helped give the basic education of children.[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Revolutionary education minister Paul Gerin-Lajoie dead at 98". CTV News Montreal. 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  2. Laframboise, Kalina (2018-06-25). "Former Quebec education minister Paul Gérin-Lajoie dead at 98". Gloal News. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
  3. "Honorary Degree Citation - Paul Gérin-Lajoie | Concordia University Archives". archives.concordia.ca. Retrieved 2016-03-29.
  4. Gagnon, Lysiane (May 7, 2014). "Politics? Travel expenses? In Quebec, a charity in crisis". The Globe and Mail.

Other websites[change | change source]