Quebec History Marianopolis College

Date Published:
January 2005

L’Encyclopédie de l’histoire du Québec / The Quebec History Encyclopedia


Simon-Napoléon Parent

Prime Minister of Québec


Parent, Simon Napoléon (18551920), prime minister of Quebec (1900-05), was born at Beauport, near Quebec, Lower Canada; on September 12, 1855, the son of Simon Polycarpe Parent and Lucia Bélanger. He was educated at Laval University (LL.L., 1881; LL.D., 1902), and was called to the bar of Quebec in 1881 (Q.C., 1899). From 1890 to 1905 he represented St. Sauveur as a Liberal in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec; from 1894 to 1905 he was mayor of Quebec; from 1897 to 1900 he was commissioner of lands, mines, and forests in the Marchand administration; and from 1900 to 1905 he was prime minister of Quebec. In 1905 he was appointed chairman of the National Transcontinental Railway Commission, and this position he retained until the defeat of the Laurier government in 1911. He was then appointed chairman of the Quebec Streams Commission; and he died at Montreal on September 7, 1920. In 1877 he married Clare, daughter of Ambroise Gendron; and by her he had a family of four sons and four daughters. In 1902 he was made an LL.D. of Bishop's College, Lennoxville, Quebec.

Source  : W. Stewart WALLACE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Canada, Vol. V, Toronto, University Associates of Canada, 1948, 401p., p. 86.

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