Maurice Lamontagne

Maurice Lamontagne, PC FRSC (September 7, 1917 June 12, 1983) was a Canadian economist and politician.

The Hon.

Maurice Lamontagne
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Outremont—St-Jean
In office
Preceded byRomuald Bourque
Succeeded byAurélien Noël
Senator for Inkerman, Quebec
In office
Preceded byAdrian Knatchbull-Hugessen
Succeeded byCharlie Watt
Personal details
Born(1917-09-07)September 7, 1917
Mont-Joli, Quebec, Canada
DiedJune 12, 1983(1983-06-12) (aged 65)
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversité Laval
Harvard University
ProfessionEconomist, Professor, Politician

Born in Mont-Joli, Quebec, he graduated from Université Laval with a master's degree in social science and Harvard University with a master's in economics. He was a professor of economics at Université Laval. In 1954, he became an assistant deputy minister in the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources headed by Jean Lesage. In 1957, he joined the faculty of the University of Ottawa as a professor of economics. From 1958 to 1963, he served as an adviser to Lester Pearson.

In 1958, he ran unsuccessfully as the Liberal candidate for the House of Commons of Canada in the riding of Quebec East. He was defeated again in 1962. He was elected in 1963 in the riding of Outremont—St-Jean and re-elected in 1965. From 1963 to 1964, he was the President of the Privy Council. From 1964 to 1965, he was the Secretary of State of Canada.

He was a member of the Club of Rome.[1]

In 1967, he was called to the Senate of Canada representing the senatorial division of Inkerman, Quebec. He served until his death in 1983.

The Maurice Lamontagne Institute is named in his honour.


  1. Lamontagne, Maurice. Business Cycles in Canada: The Postwar Experience and Policy Directions. Lorimer, 1984. ISBN 0-88862-713-0. Page xvi
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