John Samuel Bourque
(September 8, 1894 – March 5, 1974) was a Quebec politician
, Cabinet Minister
, military member and businessman
. He was the Member of Legislative Assembly of Quebec
for the riding of Sherbrooke
for 25 years.
Born in Sherbrooke
, Bourque studied at the Petit Séminaire de Saint-Charles-Borromée in Sherbrooke, before being enrolled in the 22nd Battalion, CEF
, as a soldier and sergeant where he participated in World War I
in the United Kingdom
. He was also a colonel, sergeant, major and lieutenant-colonel for the Sherbrooke Fusilliers
. He retired from the military service in 1943. While being in military duties, he was also a businessman running a lumber store.
Bourque was first elected in 1935
as a member of the Action libérale nationale
which shortly after was merged with the Quebec Conservative Party
to form the Union Nationale
. He was re-elected for six additional terms until the 1960
elections in which he lost to the Quebec Liberal Party
candidate. He served for several ministries in the Maurice Duplessis Cabinet
. He was the Minister
of Public Works
from 1936 to 1939, Minister of Land and Forests from 1938 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1958, Minister of Hydraulic
Resources from 1945 to 1958 and Minister of Finances from 1958 to 1960.