Guy Favreau

Guy Favreau, PC QC (May 20, 1917 July 11, 1967) was a Canadian lawyer, politician and judge.

The Hon.

Guy Favreau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Papineau
In office
Preceded byAdrien Meunier
Succeeded byAndré Ouellet
Personal details
Born(1917-05-20)May 20, 1917
Montreal, Quebec
DiedJuly 11, 1967(1967-07-11) (aged 50)
Political partyLiberal

Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Léopold Favreau and Béatrice Gagnon, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal. He was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1940. He worked as a lawyer in Montreal from 1942 to 1952. In 1952, he became a member of the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission in Ottawa. In 1955, he became Assistant Deputy Minister of Justice. He helped to create the Faculty of Civil Law at the University of Ottawa and taught there as well. In 1960, he returned to Montreal to work as a private lawyer.

He was elected as a Liberal in the riding of Papineau in the 1963 election, and was re-elected in 1965. He was Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (1963–1964), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (1964–1965), President of the Privy Council (1965–1967), and Registrar General of Canada (1966–1967). As well, he was Leader of the Government in the House of Commons (1964) and Liberal Party House Leader (1964). Allegations regarding involvement in the prison escape of Lucien Rivard had led to his downfall as Attorney General.[1]

He was appointed a judge of the Quebec Superior Court on April 17, 1967, but he died shortly afterward.

The Complexe Guy-Favreau, the federal government’s main building in Montreal, was built in 1983 and is named in his honour.


  1. "Man who triggered Pearson scandal dies," Daily Mercury, Guelph, Ontario: February 14, 2002, pg. A.11.
  • Guy Favreau – Parliament of Canada biography
  • "Gaining a Place at the Department of Justice: The Birth of the Civil Law Section and Its Development (19521986)". Public Works and Government Services Canada. Archived from the original on November 23, 2004. Retrieved June 6, 2005.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dick Bell
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Succeeded by
René Tremblay
Preceded by
Lionel Chevrier
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
George McIlraith
Preceded by
Jack Pickersgill
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
Succeeded by
George McIlraith
Preceded by
George McIlraith
President of the Privy Council
Succeeded by
Walter Gordon
Preceded by
Judy LaMarsh
Registrar General of Canada
Succeeded by
John Turner
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