Martial Asselin

The Right Honourable
Martial Asselin
25th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
In office
August 9, 1990  August 8, 1996
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
Premier Robert Bourassa
Daniel Johnson, Jr.
Jacques Parizeau
Lucien Bouchard
Preceded by Gilles Lamontagne
Succeeded by Jean-Louis Roux
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Charlevoix
In office
March 31, 1958  June 18, 1962
Preceded by Auguste Maltais
Succeeded by Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger
In office
November 8, 1965  October 30, 1972
Preceded by Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger
Succeeded by Gilles Caouette
Senator for Stadacona, Quebec
In office
September 1, 1972  August 9, 1990
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Jean-Marie Dessureault
Succeeded by Claude Castonguay
Personal details
Born (1924-02-03)February 3, 1924
La Malbaie, Quebec
Died January 25, 2013(2013-01-25) (aged 88)
Quebec City, Quebec
Political party Progressive Conservative

Martial Asselin, PC OC QC (February 3, 1924 – January 25, 2013) was a Canadian politician and the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (19901996).

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

Asselin was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons 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 was re-elected in the 1968 election.

Prior to the 1972 election, he accepted an appointment to the Canadian Senate. He sat in the body until 1990 when he was appointed 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 title "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]



  1. "Politicien de carrière – Martial Asselin est décédé". (in French). January 26, 2013.
  2. Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1992
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh John Fleming
Minister of Forestry
Succeeded by
John Robert Nicholson
Preceded by
Gildas Molgat
Speaker Pro Tempore of the Canadian senate
Succeeded by
Gildas Molgat
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