by Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) –
A great builder of Canada, Gilbert Finn, died Wednesday January 7, 2015 at the age of 94.
I had the pleasure to know the character when I was living in Moncton, New Brunswick, and I deeply admired and liked this exceptional man.
Militant Order of Jacques Cartier (La Patente), he was one of four Acadian emissaries to meet with French President Charles de Gaulle in 1968. He returned with financial assistance. He led the insurance company the Assumption, the University of Moncton in 1987 as president and was the second Acadian to access the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. A position he held for seven years. He helped develop the newspaper LE MATIN (project on which I had worked) after the closing of L’ÉVANGELINE (where I was a journalist).
Gilbert Finn was awarded the Order of Canada, but returned it in 2008, when Governor General Michaëlle Jean chose to decorate Dr. Henry Morgentaler…
Gilbert Finn has always been a man of conviction, sometimes criticized for its methods, but who knew how to move his files as he puts it in his memoirs, entitled “FAIS QUELQUE CHOSE” a book that I have had the great pleasure to read…
PHOTO 1: GILBERT FINN AND HIS BOOK;
PHOTO 2: BERNARD BUJOLD;
SEE VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH GILBERT FINN;