The former liberal cabinet minister John Ciaccia’s death

L’ancien ministre libéral John Ciaccia est mort

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John Ciaccia was inter alia minister for aboriginal Affairs during the Oka crisis in 1990.

The former minister of the government of Quebec, John Ciaccia died Tuesday at the age of 85 years.

The news, which was first announced by the web site, which is dedicated to the news of the Italian community, has been commented by the prime minister Philippe Couillard on social media.



Mr. Ciaccia has made his last breath in Beaconsfield in the west island of Montreal, where he lived for several years.

John Ciaccia was born in Italy, but he was only 4 years old when his family came to settle in Canada.

After his studies at McGill University, he was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1957. He practiced law for a dozen years before becoming a civil servant in 1971.

John Ciaccia was elected member of parliament for Mount Royal and the liberal Party (QLP) in 1973, and was re-elected five times ; it is not represented in the 1998 elections. In 1975, he has been active in the negotiations surrounding the Convention de la Baie-James with the Aboriginal people.

It has been an important member of the council of ministers of prime minister Robert Bourassa, in particular having held the portfolios of Energy and Resources, as well as international Business. He was the minister for aboriginal Affairs during the Oka crisis in 1990.

John Ciaccia has been suspended from the liberal caucus for nearly two months in 1974. This year, the government Bourassa passed bill 22, which enshrined French as the official language of Quebec. However, on 15 July, John Ciaccia, and his colleague, liberal mp George Springate joined the opposition and voted against the law that was eventually adopted by 92 votes to 10.