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Martial Asselin, PC OC QC (February 3, 1924 – January 25, 2013) was a Canadian politician and the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1990–1996).

Martial Asselin

25th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
August 9, 1990 – August 8, 1996
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRay Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
PremierRobert Bourassa
Daniel Johnson Jr.
Jacques Parizeau
Lucien Bouchard
Preceded byGilles Lamontagne
Succeeded byJean-Louis Roux
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Charlevoix
In office
March 31, 1958 – June 18, 1962
Preceded byAuguste Maltais
Succeeded byLouis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger
In office
November 8, 1965 – October 30, 1972
Preceded byLouis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger
Succeeded byGilles Caouette
Senator for Stadacona, Quebec
In office
September 1, 1972 – August 9, 1990
Appointed byPierre Trudeau
Preceded byJean-Marie Dessureault
Succeeded byClaude Castonguay
Personal details
Born(1924-02-03)February 3, 1924
La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada
DiedJanuary 25, 2013(2013-01-25) (aged 88)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

Life and careerEdit

Born in La Malbaie, Quebec, the son of Ferdinand Asselin and Eugénie Tremblay, he was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1951. He became a Queen's Counsel in 1967. From 1957 to 1963, he was the Mayor of La Malbaie.

Asselin was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1958 election as a Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) in the Diefenbaker sweep. He represented the riding of Charlevoix.

Asselin was defeated in the 1962 election. Despite no longer having a seat, he was appointed to the position of Minister of Forestry in Diefenbaker's pre-1963 election Canadian cabinet, in the hope that he and the Tories would both win the upcoming election. He served for only a month until the defeat of the Conservatives and Asselin's failure to regain his seat.

He returned to the House of Commons in the 1965 election, and he was re-elected in the 1968 election.

Prior to the 1972 election, he accepted an appointment to the Senate of Canada. He sat in the Senate until 1990, when he was appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec by the Governor General, on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In 1992, he was given the right to use the honorific style of "The Right Honourable", which is granted for life and to very few eminent Canadians. On January 25, 2013, Asselin died at the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus de Québec in Quebec City. He was 88 years old.[1]

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of Martial Asselin
The arms of Martial Asselin consist of:[2]
Above a helmet mantled Azure doubled Argent on a wreath of these colours an eagle wings addorsed and inverted Azure beaked and membered Or armed and langued Azure wearing a coronet alternately érablé and fleurdelisé Argent holding in its dexter talons scales of justice Argent.
Azure a chevron Argent cotised Or between in chief two mullets and in base a fleur-de-lys Or.
Two stallions Argent crined and queued Or langued and unguled Azure gorged with a coronet fleurdelisé Azure charged on its rim with mullets Or.
A grassy mound strewn with daisies proper.
Liberté Et Justice


  1. ^ "Politicien de carrière – Martial Asselin est décédé". (in French). January 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1992

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh John Fleming
Minister of Forestry
Succeeded by
John Robert Nicholson
Preceded by
Gildas Molgat
Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate of Canada
Succeeded by
Gildas Molgat