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Georges-Émile Lapalme

Georges-Émile Lapalme (January 14, 1907 – February 5, 1985) was a politician in Quebec, Canada and a member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, and leader of the Quebec Liberal Party.


He was born in Montreal. He studied law at the Université de Montréal. Lapalme was married to Maria Langlois for nearly 50 years, with whom he had seven children.

Member of Parliament

Lapalme was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1945 federal election and served until 1950.

Provincial politics

He resigned his federal seat to be acclaimed Leader of the Liberal Party of Quebec in 1950. He ran for a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in the district of Joliette in the 1952 election, but was defeated by Minister of Labor and Union Nationale candidate Antonio Barrette.

Lapalme won a by-election in the district of Montréal-Outremont in 1953. He was re-elected in the 1956 election, but under his leadership, his party lost the election against the Union Nationale. He remained a Liberal leader until 1958 and remained Leader of the Opposition in Quebec until 1960.

It was during his leadership that the Quebec Liberal Party had severed its affiliation with the federal Liberal Party in 1955.

Member of the Cabinet

Lapalme won re-election in the 1960 and 1962 elections. He never became premier, but served as vice-premier under Jean Lesage, and as Attorney-General and was the province's first Minister of Cultural Affairs. Lapalme did not run for re-election in the 1966 election.

Elections as party leader

Lapalme lost two general elections as party leader, the 1952 election and the 1956 election.

See also

External links

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  • Georges-Émile Lapalme – Parliament of Canada biography
Party political offices
Preceded by
Adélard Godbout
Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Jean Lesage
National Assembly of Quebec
Preceded by
Henri Groulx (Liberal)
MLA for Montréal-Outremont
Succeeded by
Jérôme Choquette (Liberal)

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