Memorable Manitobans: Joseph-Philippe “Joe” Guay (1915-2001)
Merchant, municipal official, MP (1968-1972), MP (1973-1974), MP (1974-1979), Senator.
Born at St. Vital on 4 October 1915, son of Philippe Guay (1889-1957) and Alexandrine Marie Marceline Dupuis (c1888-1976), grandson of Abraham Guay, he served as President of the Manitoba Association of Urban Municipalities in 1962, and an alderman and Mayor of St. Boniface (1960-1968).
Defeated in the 1966 provincial general election, he was elected as a Liberal Member of Parliament for St. Boniface in 1968 and was re-elected in 1972 and 1974. He held numerous portfolios including Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport (1972-1974), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Regional Economic Expansion (1974-1975), Chief Government Whip (1975-1977), Minister of State (Multiculturalism) (1977), Minister without Portfolio (1976-1977), and Minister of National Revenue (1977-1978). In recognition of his community service, He received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977). In 1978, he was appointed to the Senate, retiring on his 75th birthday in 1990.
In 1941, he married nurse Marguerite Bouvier (1918-2002) and they had seven children.
He died on 30 July 2001.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“St. Boniface first lady nurse and mother to 7,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1960.
Obituary [Alexandrine Guay], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 March 1976, page 30.
“Guay fought for community,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 August 2001, page 11.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 2001, page 34.
Obituary [Marguerite Guay], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 November 2002.
Parliamentary file, PARLINFO.
We thank Georgette Poitras for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 July 2022