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Launch of a New Flickr Image Set: Prime Minister Louis Stephen
St-Laurent

Gatineau, February 2, 2012 — Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has the pleasure to announce that a new set of photographs of Louis Stephen St-Laurent are available on Flickr. He served as Canada’s Prime Minister between 1948 and1957.
The image set is available at the following address:
www.flickr.com/photos/lac-bac/sets/72157628208735633/

Louis Stephen St-Laurent was born in Compton, Quebec in 1882. His father, a store owner, was Quebecois and his mother was Irish Canadian. St-Laurent grew up speaking French to his father and English to his mother, and was a teenager before he realized that this was not a customary practice in every family!

In 1941, Ernest Lapointe, Minister of Justice and Prime Minister Mackenzie King's Quebec lieutenant, had just died and King was anxious to replace him with a man of equal calibre. St-Laurent accepted the role on the grounds of patriotic duty and with the stipulation that he would retire as soon as the war was over. He won a by-election in 1942 and took his seat in the House and Cabinet.

By 1948, St-Laurent's political retirement was long overdue and he contemplated resigning. However, King and the Liberal Party felt there was no man better qualified to succeed as prime minister. St-Laurent was persuaded to stand as a candidate at the leadership convention in August 1948, which he won.

Past Flickr image sets include Canadian participation and activities during the First World War, Irish immigration to Canada and immigration and quarantine facilities at Grosse Île. These collections highlight different periods of Canadian history and the stages Canada has gone through to become the modern nation it is today.

Library and Archives Canada encourages visitors to explore its image sets on Flickr.com, which allows people to comment, tag, and share content.

For more information, please contact webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.