Thomas Vien

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The Honourable
Thomas Vien
PC , QC , LL.D
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Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lotbinière
In office
Preceded by Edmond Fortier
Succeeded by Joseph-Achille Verville
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Outremont
In office
Preceded by District was created in 1933
Succeeded by Léo Richer Laflèche
Senator for De Lorimier, Quebec
In office
5 October 1942 – 1 April 1968
Appointed by William Lyon Mackenzie King
Preceded by Raoul Dandurand
Succeeded by Raymond Eudes
Personal details
Born (1881-07-19)19 July 1881
Lauzon, Quebec
Died 18 November 1972(1972-11-18) (aged 91)
Political party Liberal
Profession Solicitor and barrister, lawyer, politician

Thomas Vien, PC QC (19 July 1881 – 18 November 1972) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Lauzon, Quebec on 19 July 1881. He studied at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, then studied law at the Collège de Lévis. After, he studided law at the Université Laval. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1905. He practiced with several law firms before becoming senior partner of Vien, Paré, Gould and Vien, of Montreal, Quebec.

He was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the Quebec riding of Lotbinière as a Laurier Liberal in the 1917 federal election. He was re-elected in 1921 but did not run in 1925. From 1922 to 1923, he served as chairman of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. From 1924 to 1925, he was chairman of the Banking and Commerce Committee. From 1925 to 1931, he was the deputy chief commissioner of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.

After returning to his legal practice, he was elected in 1935 federal election for the riding of Outremont. From 1936 to 1940, he served as chairman of the Standing Committee on Railways, Canals and Telegraph Lines.

He was re-elected in 1940. From 1940 to 1942, he was the Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons. In 1942, he was called to the Canadian Senate representing the senatorial division of De Lorimier, Quebec. From 1943 to 1945, he was the Speaker of the Canadian Senate. At the age of 87, in 1968, he resigned his senate seat. He died four years later in Montreal.


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