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GIRARD, Marc Amable, Canadian statesman, born in Varennes, Quebec, 25 April, 1822. He was educated at St. Hyacinthe College, and admitted to the bar of Manitoba in 1871. After the suppression of Louis Riel's first rebellion by General Wolseley, Mr. Girard became a member of the executive council under Lieutenant-Governor Archibald, and was treasurer of Manitoba from September, 1870, till March. 1872, when he resigned. He was premier of the province, with the office of secretary, from 8 July to 2 December 1874, when he and his government retired. When the Norquay government was reconstructed in December, 1879, he took the office of provincial secretary, and subsequently became minister of agriculture and president of the council, which portfolio he held till his retirement in January, 1883. He was appointed a member of the executive council for the northwest territories in December, 1872, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the legislative council of Canada in 1858, and for the Canada assembly of 1862. He was elected for St. Boniface, in Manitoba assembly, in 1870, and was elected by acclamation for Bale St. Paul in 1879. He was called to the Dominion senate on the entrance of Manitoba, 13 December 1871. He is a Conservative.
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