Claude Wagner

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Claude Wagner

Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Montréal-Verdun
In office
Preceded by George O'Reilly
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Verdun
In office
Preceded byDistrict was created
Succeeded by Lucien Caron
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Saint-Hyacinthe
In office
Preceded by Théogène Ricard
Succeeded by Marcel Ostiguy
Senator for Kennebec, Quebec
In office
April 21, 1978 July 11, 1979
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Côté
Succeeded by Guy Charbonneau
Personal details
Born(1925-04-04)April 4, 1925
Shawinigan, Quebec
DiedJuly 11, 1979(1979-07-11) (aged 54)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Other political
Quebec Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Gisèle Normandeau [1]
Children Richard Wagner
Solicitor General
Attorney General
Minister of Justice

Claude Wagner, PC QC (April 4, 1925 July 11, 1979) was a judge and politician in the Province of Quebec, Canada. In his career, Wagner was a Crown prosecutor, professor of criminal law and judge.

Queens Privy Council for Canada

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Life and career

Wagner was born in Shawinigan, Quebec, the son of Corona (née Saint-Arnaud) and Benjamin Wagner. [2] His father, a violinist, was a German Jewish immigrant from Bavaria. [3] [4] His mother was French-Canadian and Catholic, and Wagner practiced Roman Catholicism. [5] [6]

Shawinigan City in Quebec, Canada

Shawinigan is a city located on the Saint-Maurice River in the Mauricie area in Quebec, Canada. It had a population of 50,060 as of the Canada 2011 Census.

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In 1963, Wagner was appointed as a Sessions Court judge. Subsequently, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in a by-election in Montréal-Verdun on October 5, 1964, and was re-elected in the 1966 general election in Verdun. He earned a "law and order" reputation when he served successively as Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Minister of Justice from its creation in 1965 to 1966 in the government of Quebec Premier Jean Lesage.

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Montréal-Verdun was a former provincial electoral district in the Montreal region of Quebec, Canada that elected members to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec.

The Quebec general election of 1966 was held on June 5, 1966, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, Canada. The Union Nationale (UN), led by Daniel Johnson, Sr, defeated the incumbent Quebec Liberal Party, led by Jean Lesage.

After losing the 1970 Quebec Liberal Party leadership election to Robert Bourassa, Wagner left politics to return to the bench, receiving appointment once more as a Sessions Court judge. He then entered federal politics, and was elected as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Saint-Hyacinthe in the 1972 federal election. [7] He was re-elected in the 1974 election, and stood as a candidate at the Progressive Conservative leadership convention of 1976.

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Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot Federal electoral district

Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot is a federal electoral district that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1935. It is located in Quebec, Canada. Its population in 2006 was 95,983. In the 2015 election the winner received the lowest vote percentage of any winning candidate in the country.

Wagner attracted support amongst Tories who believed that having a leader from Quebec would enable the party to break the federal Liberal Party's stranglehold on the province, and from right-wing Tories attracted by his law and order reputation. He was hurt by revelations of a slush fund that was funded by supporters so that he would be financially solvent if he lost in 1972. Wagner led on the first three ballots of the Convention, but lost to Joe Clark by 65 votes out of 2,309 on the fourth ballot.

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A slush fund, also called a black fund, is a fund or account that is not properly accounted, such as money used for corrupt or illegal purposes, especially in the political sphere. Such funds may be kept hidden and maintained separately from money that is used for legitimate purposes. Slush funds may be employed by government or corporate officials in efforts to pay influential people discreetly in return for preferential treatment, advance information, and other services. The funds themselves may not be kept secret but the source of the funds or how they were acquired or for what purposes they are used may be hidden. Use of slush funds to influence government activities may be viewed as subversive of the democratic process.

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In 1978, he was elevated to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and sat as a Progressive Conservative. [8] One reason for his departure from the House of Commons was that he could not get along well with Joe Clark. [9] He died of cancer the next year at the age of 54. [10]

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  4. "Pepin's defeat, Wagner victory fail to stop Liberals from retaining majority in Quebec". The Globe and Mail, October 31, 1972.
  5. "Trudeau finds a Senate seat for Claude Wagner". The Globe and Mail, April 22, 1979.
  6. Sawatsky, Mulroney: The Politics of Ambition
  7. "Quebec senator was ex-Tory MP". The Globe and Mail, July 12, 1979.
  8. Sean Fine (12 December 2017). "Richard Wagner named new Supreme Court Chief Justice". The Globe and Mail.