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Jacqueline Richard (March 8, 1928 - August 2, 2015) was a Québécois Canadian pianist and conductor who is perhaps best known for resigning from the Order of Canada in 2009. Her resignation was in protest of the appointment of pro-choice advocate Henry Morgentaler to the order.[1]


Jacqueline Richard was born March 8, 1928 in Montreal.

Richard performed with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, during the years of 1950-1951, 1954-1955, and every year between 1957-1961.[2]

In 1963, she founded the Boutique d'opéra. She presented 75 performances, in two years, of various operatic works including L'Oca del Cairo by Mozart.[3]

In 1984, she co-founded the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.

In 1985, she retired to coach piano privately.

She died on 2 August 2015 in Montreal.[3]


  • Jacqueline Richard was awarded the Quebec Lieutenant-Governor's medal in 1953.
  • She was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004.


  1. ^ "Gov. Gen. accepts three resignations from Order of Canada". CBC News. June 1, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2013-06-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b Charbonneau-Conquer, Thérèse. "Jacqueline Richard".