Lionel Chevrier

Lionel Chevrier, PC CC QC (April 2, 1903 July 8, 1987) was a Canadian Member of Parliament and cabinet minister.

The Hon.

Lionel Chevrier
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Stormont
In office
Preceded byFrank Thomas Shaver
Succeeded byAlbert Lavigne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Laurier
In office
Preceded byJ.-Eugène Lefrançois
Succeeded byFernand Leblanc
Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
In office
Prime MinisterLester Pearson
Preceded byGeorge A. Drew
Succeeded byCharles Ritchie
Personal details
Born(1903-04-02)April 2, 1903
Cornwall, Ontario
DiedJuly 8, 1987(1987-07-08) (aged 84)
Political partyLiberal

Life and career

Born in Cornwall, Ontario, the son of former Cornwall mayor Joseph E. Chevrier, he was educated in Cornwall, at the University of Ottawa, the University of Montreal and Osgoode Hall. Chevrier was called to the bar in 1928 and was named King's Counsel in 1939. He married Lucienne Brûlé in 1932. He was first elected as a Liberal candidate in the Ontario riding of Stormont in the 1935 federal election. He was re-elected in the 1940, 1945, 1949, and 1953 elections. He resigned in 1954, when he was appointed the first president of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Authority. Returning to politics, he was elected in the 1957 election in the Quebec riding of Laurier. He was re-elected in the 1958, 1962, and 1963 elections.

From 1943 to 1945, he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Munitions and Supply. From 1945 to 1954, he was the Minister of Transport. He was President of the Privy Council from April 25, 1957 to June 20, 1957. From 1963 to 1964, he was the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. From 1957 to 1963, he was the Official Opposition House Leader and Liberal Party House Leader.

He resigned from the House of Commons in 1964 to become the Canadian High Commissioner in London. He held that position until 1967.

In 1967, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1997, Canada Post issued a stamp in his honour.


  • Lionel Chevrier – Parliament of Canada biography
  • "Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry: a history, 1784-1945". JG Harkness (1946). Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Complete List of Posts
  • Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph Enoil Michaud
Minister of Transport
Succeeded by
George Carlyle Marler
Preceded by
Louis Saint-Laurent
President of the Privy Council
Preceded by
Donald Fleming
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Guy Favreau
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