Born in Saint-Raphaël, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1948 and a Doctorate of Law degree in 1951 from Université Laval. He was summoned to the Senate in 1988 on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and represented the senatorial division of Gulf, Quebec. He sat as a Progressive Conservative and retired in 2003.
They have four children: Louise, Jacques, Richard and André.
In fall 2012, he published his memoirs, Le Mandarin de l"ombre.