E. A. Bourque

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E. A. Bourque
Mayor of Ottawa
In office
1949–1950
Preceded byJ.E. Stanley Lewis
Succeeded byGrenville Goodwin
Personal details
Bornc. 1887
Ottawa's Lower Town.
DiedMay 2, 1962)
Ottawa

E. A. "Eddy" Bourque (c. 1887 – May 2, 1962) was Mayor of Ottawa in 1949 and 1950.[1]

Bourque was born in Ottawa's Lower Town, he was a longtime city councilor and member of the city's Board of Control from 1937 to 1949, and owner of the Twin City Ice and Coal Company, later to become E.A. Bourque Ltd.

As the city comptroller, he squired the purchase of the Ottawa Electric Railway, that became Ottawa Transportation Commission. In 1949 he became the first French-speaking mayor of Ottawa in 50 years; as mayor, at the request of Prime Minister Mackenzie King, he worked closely with urban planner Jacques Gréber to oversee the annexation of thousands of acres of Nepean and Gloucester, laying the groundwork for the Greenbelt, Gatineau Park and the National Capital Region. An avid outdoors-man and conservationist, Eddy was a prominent member of the Gatineau Fish and Game Club, which still bears a boat house in his name.

His brother Romuald was a mayor of Outremont and a member of the Canadian House of Commons and of the Senate of Canada, his father, Frank Bourque, was from Douglas, Ontario, and was a conductor for Ottawa Electric Railway, his mother Rachel Langevin from Fort Coulonge, Quebec His children, Marie, Édouard, Raymond, Paul, Gerard, Suzanne and Pierre, survived him. Édouard, Pierre and Bernard became prominent real estate developers.

Pierre purchased Ciment Lafarge quarry in Hull in 1982, developed it as Boulevard de la Carriere, built Louis St-Laurent Building, which was occupied by the Department of National Defence.

He sold part of the land to Casiloc, the operating arm for Quebec Casinos, and the Casino du Lac Leamy was built.

It is accepted by Paul Jr. that Paul was the most grounded and personal of the brothers.[citation needed] His grandson Pierre Bourque was appointed a city of Ottawa alderman and regional councillor but lost the first election after his appointment. Another grandson, Michael, is President of the Canadian Real Estate Association and former President of the Canadian Railway Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Mullington "Chain of Office: Biographic Sketches of Ottawa's Mayors (1847-1948)" (Renfrew, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 2005)