Bernard Grandmaître is born in Eastview (Vanier), a city he leads as mayor for ten years (1974 to 1984) before going on to represent the Ottawa East riding, as a Liberal, in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1984 to 1995). During that time, he serves as Minister of Municipal Affairs, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister of Revenue. Bernard Grandmaître is known as the father of the French Language Services Act, which comes into force in 1989. In 1999, the conseil régional d'Ottawa-Carleton of the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario establishes the Prix Bernard-Grandmaître to recognize his dedication and perseverance in supporting the advancement and development of the Francophone community in the Ottawa region. It has been awarded every year since to a person that has marked its history. In 2016, the award is presented to the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, Mauril Bélanger, who has since died of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Bernard Grandmaître [ca. 1985].
Vanier Museopark, MVM-D-Grandmaître.