THE GREAT NAMES OF THE FRENCH CANADIAN COMMUNITY

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Victor C. Goldbloom

Date of birth:
July 31, 1923

Place of birth:
Montreal

QuebecProvince:
Quebec

Calling:
Politician

 


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Victor C. Goldbloom came from a wealthy family. He received an excellent classical education in Montreal. In 1945, he finished his medical studies at McGill University. He later taught pediatric medicine for several years. In 1962, Victor C. Goldbloom entered public life. He was elected a Governor of the old Corporation Professionelle des médecins du Québec, and then was appointed Vice President of that organization, a position he held until 1966.

In June 1966, he made the move to politics. He was elected MNA for the new provincial riding of D'Arcy-McGee. In April 1970, after four years in the Opposition, he was re-elected and became the first member of Quebec's Jewish community to serve in the Premier's cabinet. Robert Bourassa put him in charge of the Ministry of the Environment. During his time in office, Victor C. Goldbloom brought in the Environmental Quality Act and organized the Environmental Protection Service. In February 1973, he was appointed Minister of Municipal Affairs, thus combining two ministerial functions. In November 1976, the government put him in charge of the Olympics Installations Board. He was then re-elected for a fourth term to the National Assembly but this time as a member of the Official Opposition. On October 10, 1979, he left his position as MNA.

Since the end of his political career, Mr. Goldbloom has worked to bring Quebec's cultural communities together. In 1980, he accepted a position as CEO of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a job he held until 1987. He then became President of the Quebec chapter of the Council as a volunteer. From 1982 to 1990, he chaired the International Council of Christians and Jews. In June 1991, he was appointed Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada; he remained in this position until the spring of 1999. Mr. Goldbloom is a founding member of a number of organizations: the Jules and Paul-Émile Léger Foundation, the Jean Lesage Foundation, the Musée des religions de Nicolet and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He was also President of the Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Goldbloom has received a number of honorary distinctions, including being made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1983) and the Ordre du Québec (1991). Throughout his whole career, Victor C. Goldbloom has brought people together and built bridges between Canada's various cultural communities.

 

 

 

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