John Ciaccia, former Bourassa cabinet minister, dies at 85

John Ciaccia, a Quebec Liberal cabinet minister in the governments of Robert Bourassa and Daniel Johnson Jr., has died at the age of 85.

Ciaccia’s death on Tuesday at his home in Beaconsfield was first reported in the local Italian-language news website, and his passing was acknowledged Wednesday morning by Premier Philippe Couillard, who described Ciaccia as having “contributed greatly to the advancement of Quebec.”

Born in 1933 in the Italian commune of Jelsi, Ciaccia’s family came to Canada in 1937. Ciaccia studied at Thomas D’Arcy McGee High School and McGill University, where he became editor in chief of the McGill Law Journal. He was called to the Bar in 1957.

Ciaccia was first elected Liberal MNA for the riding of Mount-Royal in 1973 and would be re-elected in 1976, 1981, 1985, 1989 and 1994.

Seated, from left: Charlie Watt, president of the Northern Quebec Inuit Association; Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa; MNA and Quebec government negotiator John Ciaccia; Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien; Billy Diamond, Grand Chief, Grand Council of the Crees (of Quebec). They are signing the agreement for construction of the James Bay hydroelectric project in 2974.

Seated, from left: Charlie Watt, president of the Northern Quebec…

Original published: 2018-08-08 13:12:18 Read the full Montreal News here

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