|Preceded by||Albert Roy|
|Succeeded by||Jim Brownell|
June 24, 1933 |
Eastview, Ontario, Canada
Bernard "Ben" C. Grandmaître CM, (born June 24, 1933) is a former politician from Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1984 to 1999 who represented the riding of Ottawa East. He served as a cabinet minister in the government of David Peterson.
Grandmaître was born in Eastview, Ontario, and educated at Ottawa schools. He owned a small business in Vanier, Ontario for thirteen years. He was named a life member of the Centre francophone de Vanier, and was active in the Knights of Columbus.
On December 13, 1984, he was elected in a by-election to succeed retiring MPP Albert Roy in the riding of Ottawa East. This riding is one of the safest Liberal seats in the province, and Grandmaitre was returned without difficulty in the 1985 provincial election.
The Liberals formed a minority government after this election, and Grandmaître was appointed as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs. In the latter capacity, he played a major role in passing the province's French Language Services Act in 1986.
The Liberals won a landslide majority in the 1987 election, and Grandmaître defeated his nearest opponent by almost 15,000 votes. He appointed as Minister of Revenue on September 29, 1987, while retaining responsibility for Francophone Affairs. He was dropped from cabinet on August 2, 1989.
|Ontario Provincial Government of David Peterson|
|Cabinet posts (2)|
|Robert Nixon||Minister of Revenue
Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs
|Dennis Timbrell||Minister of Municipal Affairs
Also Responsible for Francophone Affairs
The Liberals were defeated by the NDP in the 1990 election, although Grandmaître again retained his seat without difficulty. He was re-elected again in the 1995 election, and retired in 1999. He endorsed Dalton McGuinty's bid to lead the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996.
|Ontario general election, 1995: Ottawa East|
|Liberal||Bernard Grandmaître||14,436||56.94||−5.47||$ 19,824.52|
|Progressive Conservative||Cynthia Bled||5,368||21.17||+12.77||28,483.15|
|New Democratic||David Dyment||4,818||19.00||−4.28||17,425.03|
|Natural Law||Robert Mayer||261||1.03||0.00|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||25,354||100.0||−3.30||$ 45,818.00|
|Total rejected ballots||331||1.29|
|Ontario general election, 1990: Ottawa East|
|New Democratic||Lori Lucier||6,103||23.28||+7.08|
|Progressive Conservative||Diana Morin||2,203||8.40||−1.14|
|Family Coalition||Richard Hudon||826||3.15|
|Green||Frank de Jong||723||2.76|
|Total valid votes||26,218||100.0||+2.69|
|Ontario general election, 1987: Ottawa East|
|New Democratic||Alex Connelly||4,137||16.20||−2.40|
|Progressive Conservative||Corinne Price||2,435||9.54||−1.03|
|Total valid votes||25,531||100.0||+19.60|
|Ontario general election, 1985: Ottawa East|
|New Democratic||Kathryn Barnard||3,971||18.60||+5.1|
|Progressive Conservative||Paul St. Georges||2,257||10.57||−6.48|
|Total valid votes||21,347||100.0||+88.23|
Ontario provincial by-election, December 13, 1984: |
Resignation of Albert J. Roy
|Progressive Conservative||Richard Boudreau||1,934||17.05||−3.58|
|New Democratic||Jean Gilbert||1,531||13.50||+4.22|
|Total valid votes||11,341||100.0||−44.74|
Honours and awards
In 2013 he was made a member of the Order of Canada. His citation reads, "for fostering the vitality and growth of Ontario's francophone community." There is an arena named after him in Ottawa and a French Catholic school in the Riverside South neighbourhood of Ottawa that bears his name.
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