(born September 8, 1924) is a Quebec
lawyer, judge and politician. She was the first woman elected to the National Assembly of Quebec
, the first woman appointed a Cabinet minister in Quebec, the first woman appointed acting premier, and the first woman judge to serve in the Quebec Provincial Court.
Born in Palmer
, the daughter of Charles-Aimé Kirkland
, a Quebec MNA from 1939 to 1961, and Rose Demers, she received a Bachelor of Arts
in 1947 and a Bachelor of Civil Law
in 1950 from McGill University
. She was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 1952 and was made a Queen's Counsel
in 1969. From 1952 to 1961, she practiced law in Montreal
She was elected in a by-election
as a Liberal
in her father's riding of Jacques-Cartier
after his death in 1961. She was re-elected in 1962
. She held two cabinet posts in the government of Jean Lesage
: Minister without Portfolio (1962 to 1964) and Minister of Transport and Communications (1964 to 1966). In 1966
, she was elected in the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys
and re-elected in 1970
. She also held two cabinet posts in the government of Robert Bourassa
: Minister of Tourism, Game and Fishing (1970 to 1972) and Minister of Cultural Affairs (1972 to 1973).
She resigned in 1973 to become a judge. She retired in 1991.
In 1985, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec
. In 1992, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada
She was married to Philippe Casgrain and had three children. Her... Read More