Marie-Claire Kirkland, Canadian politician and judge, Died at 91

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Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was born on September 8, 1924, and died on March 24, 2016.

He was a Quebec lawyer, judge and politician.

Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was the first woman elected to the Legislative 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.

Casgrain was elected in a by-election as a Liberal in her father’s riding of Jacques-Cartier after his death in 1961.

Casgrain was re-elected in 1962.

Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain 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).

During 1966, she was elected in the riding of Marguerite-Bourgeoys and re-elected in 1970.

Marie-Claire 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).

Marie-Claire resigned in 1973 to become a judge.

In 1991, Marie-Claire retired

During 1985, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.

In 1992, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was married to lawyer Philippe Casgrain with whom she had three children before they eventually divorced.

Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain then remarried Wyndham Strover.

Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain passed away at 91 yrs old.

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