Renaude Lapointe

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Louise Marguerite Renaude Lapointe
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Senator for Mille Isles, Quebec
In office
1971–1987
Appointed byPierre Trudeau
Preceded byThérèse Casgrain
Succeeded bySolange Chaput-Rolland
Personal details
Born(1912-01-03)January 3, 1912
Disraeli, Quebec
DiedMay 11, 2002(2002-05-11) (aged 90)
Political partyLiberal
CabinetSpeaker of the Senate (1974-1979)
Speaker pro tempore (1982-1983)

Louise Marguerite Renaude Lapointe, PC CC (January 3, 1912 – May 11, 2002) was a Canadian journalist and a Senator. She was among the first Canadian women to work as a professional journalist and the first French-Canadian woman to preside over the Senate.

Born in Disraeli, Quebec the daughter of Joseph-Alphonse Lapointe and Marie-Louise Poulin, she worked as a journalist in the 1940s and 1950s at Le Soleil in Quebec City. In 1959 she joined the staff of Montreal's La Presse.

A member of the Liberal Party of Canada, she was appointed to the Senate in 1971 by Pierre Trudeau and served until her retirement in 1987. From September 12, 1974 until October 4, 1979, she was Speaker of the Senate. She was also Speaker pro tempore from June 9, 1982 until November 30, 1983.

In 1989 she was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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