Bachelor of Arts, University Laval, Quebec, 1948; LL.L., U. Laval, Quebec, 1951; Master of Arts in Law, U. Oxford, England, 1953.
As a Rhodes Scholar, he received a BA in 1953 from Oxford University. In 1953, he was called to the Quebec Bar and started to practice law. He also taught law at Université Laval.
In 1965, he joined the Quebec civil service as deputy minister of Justice. In 1968, he was appointed Secretary General of the Executive Council of Quebec. He ran unsuccessfully as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the Canadian House of Commons for the Quebec riding of Matane in the 1968 federal election.
In 1974, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal of Quebec. In 1979, Prime Minister Joe Clark appointed him to the Supreme Court and served until his death from brain cancer in 1987. He is buried in the Cimetière Notre-Dame-de-Belmont.
Co-commissioner Royal communications of Inquiry into Bilingual Air Traffic Servicesin, Quebec, 1976-1979.
Married Jeannine Pettigrew, September 6, 1956. Children— Julien, Lucie, Nicole.