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Pierre Édouard Blondin

The Hon.
Pierre Édouard Blondin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Champlain
In office
1908 – 1917
Preceded by Jeffrey Alexandre Rousseau
Succeeded by Arthur Lesieur Desaulniers
Senator for The Laurentides, Quebec
In office
1918–1943
Appointed by Robert Borden
Preceded by Joseph Shehyn
Succeeded by Télésophore Damien Bouchard
Speaker of the Canadian Senate
In office
1930–1936
Preceded by Arthur Charles Hardy
Succeeded by Walter Edward Foster
Personal details
Born (1874-12-14)December 14, 1874
St-François du Lac, Quebec
Died October 29, 1943(1943-10-29) (aged 68)
Political party Conservative
Cabinet Minister of Inland Revenue (1914–1915)
Secretary of State of Canada (1915–1917)
Minister of Mines (1915–1917)
Postmaster General (1917–1921)

Pierre Édouard Blondin, PC (December 14, 1874 – October 29, 1943) was a Canadian politician.

Biography

He was born on December 14, 1874.

He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons representing the Quebec riding of Champlain in 1908 and 1911. A Conservative, he was defeated in Laurier—Outremont during the 1917 wartime election held during the Conscription Crisis of 1917 when conscription was highly unpopular in Quebec.

He held many cabinet positions in Sir Robert Borden's Cabinet including Postmaster General, Minister of Mines, Secretary of State of Canada, and Minister of Inland Revenue. As well, he was Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons.

In March, 1917 he resigned his position as Postmaster General of Canada to become a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Army. He then went on a recruitment tour in a bid to get more French Canadians to join the war effort.

In 1918, he was called to the Canadian Senate representing the senatorial division of The Laurentides, Quebec and was re-appointed to the Cabinet as Postmaster General of Canada. From 1930 to 1936, he was the Speaker of the Canadian Senate.

He died in office on October 29, 1943.

External links

  • Pierre Édouard Blondin – Parliament of Canada biography


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