Victor Goldbloom speaks with reporters in Ottawa in 1999. (Photo: Tom Hanson/CP)
MONTREAL — Victor Goldbloom, a longtime Quebec cabinet minister who went on to become Canada's official languages commissioner, has died. His family said today the 92-year-old passed away Monday.
Goldbloom was first elected in 1966 for the Quebec Liberal party in the Montreal riding of D'Arcy-McGee. After being re-elected in 1970, Goldbloom was named Quebec's first environment minister by then-premier Robert Bourassa. Goldbloom was re-elected twice more before stepping down in October 1979. He is credited with ensuring the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal started on time after he was given responsibility for overseeing the Olympic Installations Board. Goldbloom served as official languages commissioner between 1991 and 1999.