Memorable Manitobans: Gildas Laurent “Gil” Molgat (1927-2001)
MLA (1954-1957), MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969), MLA (1969-1973), Senator.
Born at Ochre River on 25 January 1927, son of Louis F. Molgat (c1889-1975) and Adele Abraham (?-1987), brother of Andre Louis Pierre Molgat, he was educated at Ste. Rose School and University of Manitoba (BComm, Honors). He was Manager of the Bethel-Rennie Limited, United Stores and Advance Credit Corporation. Captain (Army) and Adjutant Royal Winnipeg Rifles.
He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1953 general election, and was re-elected in 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966, and 1969. He was Leader of the Liberal Party of Manitoba from 1961 to 1969, when he was appointed to the Canadian Senate. He was Speaker of the Senate from 1994 to 2001. The University of Manitoba gave him an honorary doctorate in 1998.
In 1958, he married Allison Malcom (1928-2022, daughter of Wilbert Guy Malcom) and they had two children.
He died on 28 February 2001 and was buried in the Ste-Rose du Lac Cemetery.
Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 2001.
Obituary [Allison Malcom Molgat], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 2022.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 November 2022