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September 12, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Commemorates Former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Louis S. St-Laurent

A tribute to a strong defender of national unity

COMPTON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable W. David Angus, Senator, unveiled an information panel today highlighting the contributions of the Right Honourable Louis Stephen St-Laurent, Prime Minister of Canada from 1948 to 1957. The ceremony was organized as part of the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, and took place in Compton at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, in the presence of St-Laurent's family members.

"We will remember Louis S. St-Laurent as a man of integrity who avoided partisan politics during the prosperous years when he was in charge of Canada's destiny. Defender of the country's autonomy on an international scale, and promoter of national unity, St-Laurent left Canadians a heritage that remains a part of our identity," said Senator Angus.

Born in Compton, Louis Stephen St-Laurent practiced law in Quebec before becoming one of the most respected counsels in the country. In 1942, he was appointed Secretary of State for External Affairs by Mackenzie King. Six years later, he became head of the Liberal Party. As Prime Minister, he was a fervent defender of national unity and Canadian autonomy. He is credited with negotiating the entry of Newfoundland into Confederation and developing elaborate social policies, the equalization system, the Council for the Arts, and the Trans-Canada highway. After losing the 1958 elections to the conservatives, St-Laurent left politics. He died in 1973 at the age of 91 in Quebec. He was buried in his hometown of Compton.

"Canada has flourished under the leadership of able, dynamic prime ministers who developed a vision for the country and its place in the world. The life and accomplishments of Louis S. St-Laurent are strong reminders of our past and our history," said Minister Prentice.

The objective of the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers administered by Parks Canada is to provide Canadians with information on the lives and accomplishments of each former prime minister, as well as the locations of their final resting places. The program also ensures that the grave sites are conserved and recognized in a respectful and dignified manner.

Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Parks Canada
    Communications Service
    Lise Rochette - Communications Advisor
    418-648-4539