Jean-Louis Roux

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The Hon.
Jean-Louis Roux
34th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
August 8, 1996 – 30 January, 1997
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Roméo LeBlanc
Premier Lucien Bouchard
Preceded by Martial Asselin
Succeeded by Lise Thibault
Senator for Mille Isles, Quebec
In office
August 31, 1994 – August 8, 1996
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Preceded by Solange Chaput-Rolland
Succeeded by Léonce Mercier
Personal details
Born (1923-05-18)May 18, 1923
Montreal, Quebec
Died November 28, 2013(2013-11-28) (aged 90)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater Université de Montréal
Profession Playwright, entertainer, politician

Jean-Louis Roux, CC CQ (May 18, 1923 – November 28, 2013) was a Canadian politician, entertainer and playwright who was briefly the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.[1][2]


Born in Montreal, Quebec, he originally studied medicine at the Université de Montréal, but gave it up to pursue acting. After travelling and performing in New York and Paris he returned to Montreal and helped create the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde and became a frequent actor in and director of its productions for the next several years. He also turned to writing and wrote successful plays, radio dramas, and television shows.

His greatest fame comes from his role on La famille Plouffe, a very successful Quebec situation comedy. Roux served as President of the Canadian Conference of the Arts from 1968 through 1970. In 1994 he was appointed to the Senate and remained there until resigning in 1996.[2] A fierce federalist, great controversy arose when he compared Quebec separatists to Nazis.

Upon leaving the Senate he was, at age 73, the oldest person ever appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec on August 8, 1996. Controversy reemerged when pictures were found showing Roux wearing a swastika on his lab coat in protest of the proposal to invoke conscription for service in World War II. Roux served (training) in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1946. Roux thus resigned his position on November 5, 1996. On May 31, 1997 Roux returned to public life when the federal government appointed him to be chair of the Canada Council.

In 1971 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1987. In 1989, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. Roux received a Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his lifetime contributions to Canadian theatre in 2004.[3]

He died in Montreal on November 28, 2013.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

Arms of Jean-Louis Roux
Jean-Louis Roux Arms.svg
The arms of Jean-Louis Roux consist of:[5]
A secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) proper holding in its dexter claw an open book Argent bound Gules, standing on a rock set with grass proper.
Gules in chief the masks of comedy and tragedy, in base a neutral mask Argent.
Two grey wolves howling.
A grassy compartment set with snow-capped mountains and pine trees proper.
Aider Autrui (To Help Others)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ St-Pierre, Caroline (November 29, 2013). "Jean-Louis Roux, actor and co-founder of TNM, dies at 90". The Gazette. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "ROUX, The Hon. Jean-Louis, C.C., C.Q., B.A., R.S.C.". Database of the Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
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  5. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2002 

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