Sarto Fournier

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The Hon.
Sarto Fournier
38th Mayor of Montreal
In office
1957–1960
Preceded by Jean Drapeau
Succeeded by Jean Drapeau
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Maisonneuve—Rosemont
In office
1935–1953
Preceded by riding created
Succeeded by Jean-Paul Deschatelets
Senator for De Lanaudière, Quebec
In office
1953–1980
Appointed by Louis St. Laurent
Preceded by Édouard-Charles St-Père
Succeeded by Thomas Lefebvre
Personal details
Born (1908-02-15)15 February 1908
East Broughton, Quebec, Canada
Died 23 July 1980(1980-07-23) (aged 72)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Lamoureux
(m. 17 September 1938)[1]
Profession lawyer

Sarto Fournier (15 February 1908 – 23 July 1980)[1][2] was a Canadian politician. He served as mayor of Montreal from 1957 to 1960.

Biography[edit]

Born in East Broughton, Quebec, he graduated in law from McGill University and formally entered law practice in 1938.[1] Fournier was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal in the 1935 election and was subsequently re-elected in 1940, 1945, and 1949. He became the youngest member of the Senate in 1953 and served until his death.

He studied law at McGill University and at the Université de Montréal. He was only 27 when he became the Liberal MP for Maisonneuve-Rosemont. He was re-elected in 1940, 1945, and 1949. He was called to the bar in 1938. In 1953, he entered the senate, called by Prime Minister Louis Saint-Laurent.

After two previous attempts in 1950 and 1954, he was elected mayor of Montreal in 1957. He initiated the Expo 67 project. He was defeated by Jean Drapeau in the 1960 municipal election.

He had been interested in municipal politics since 1950. Although he ran for mayor five times between 1950 and 1962, he won only once, in 1957, against Jean Drapeau. At this election, Fournier was heading a new municipal party, the Ralliement du Grand Montréal, which brought together opponents of Jean Drapeau. Fournier took also advantage of the support of Québec’s prime minister, Maurice Duplessis.

During his term as mayor, Fournier confined himself to representative functions and acted more as a spectator, mainly because Jean Drapeau’s Civic Party controlled the city council.

His administration was especially marked by the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Boulevard Métropolitain and the candidacy of Montréal for the 1967 World’s Fair. After his attempts to run for mayor, Fournier decided to return to the Senate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Normandin, Pierre G. (1965). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (24 July 1980). "Senator Sarto Fournier". The Globe and Mail. p. 16.  Obituary, age 72.

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