Gilles Lamontagne

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

Gilles Lamontagne

24th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
March 28, 1984  August 9, 1990
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralEdward Schreyer
Jeanne Sauvé
Ray Hnatyshyn
PremierRené Lévesque
Pierre-Marc Johnson
Robert Bourassa
Preceded byJean-Pierre Côté
Succeeded byMartial Asselin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Langelier
In office
May 24, 1977  March 28, 1984
Preceded byJean Marchand
Succeeded byMichel Côté
Mayor of Quebec City
In office
December 1, 1965  December 1, 1977
Preceded byWilfrid Hamel
Succeeded byJean Pelletier
Personal details
Joseph-Georges-Gilles-Claude Lamontagne

(1919-04-17)April 17, 1919
Montreal, Quebec
DiedJune 14, 2016(2016-06-14) (aged 97)
Quebec City, Quebec
Political partyLiberal
Military service
Branch/service Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service1941-1945
Rank Flight Lieutenant / Bomber Pilot

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.


Coat of arms of Gilles Lamontagne
The arms of Gilles Lamontagne consist of:[2]
Above a helm on a wreath Argent and Azure a demi Snowy Owl (Nyctea Scandiaca) displayed of the first gorged with a collar of the second charged with a mullet Argent, each wing charged with two fleurs de lys Azure mantled Azure doubled Argent.
Azure on a mount between two swords paleways, hilts in base a double-towered fortress gate all Argent, masoned of the first, in chief a coronet of six fleurs de lys, three visible, also Argent.
Dexter a Moose (Alces alces) Argent gorged with a collar of maple leaves Gules, sinister a Moose of the first gorged with a collar of fleurs de lys Azure, roses Gules, thistles and shamrocks Vert alternately.
Deo Favente Vincit Vim Virtus

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