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Gérard Pelletier

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Preceded by  Raymond Eudes
Role  Canadian Politician
Political party  Liberal
Party  Liberal Party of Canada

Succeeded by  Jacques Lavoie
Name  Gerard Pelletier
Resigned  August 1975
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Born  June 21, 1919 Montreal, Quebec (1919-06-21)
Died  June 22, 1997, Montreal, Canada
Spouse  Alec Pelletier (m. ?–1997)
Books  Years of impatience, 1950-1960, Years of choice, 1960-1968

Occupation  Journalist, Politician

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Gérard Pelletier, PC, CC (June 21, 1919 – June 22, 1997) was a Canadian journalist and politician.

Pelletier initially worked as a journalist for Le Devoir, a French-language newspaper in Montreal, Quebec. In 1961 he became editor-in-chief of the Montreal daily and North America's largest French circulating newspaper, La Presse. Pelletier, with other French-Canadian intellectuals, Pierre Elliott Trudeau included, founded the journal Cité Libre. First elected to Parliament in 1965, he served as a member of the cabinet of Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Pelletier met Trudeau while studying in France and worked with him and Jean Marchand during the Asbestos Strike of 1949 in Quebec. Dubbed the "Three Wise Men" in English and Les trois colombes (The three doves) in French, they entered politics at the same time in the federal election of 1965. The trio was recruited by Liberal prime minister Lester Pearson to help derail the rising Quebec separatist movement.

He served in various cabinet posts in the Trudeau government until 1975 (Secretary of State: 1968-1973, Minister of Communications: 1973-5), when he left the Liberal caucus and became ambassador to France and then ambassador to the United Nations (1981–1984). In 1978 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.


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