Senator Molgat's contribution to his city, province, country and the world are most distinguished. His record of public service, spanning over 45 years, is widely acknowledged as outstanding by members of all political persuasions.
Gildas Molgat was born in Ste-Rose du Lac, Manitoba to Louis F. Molgat and Adele Abraham. He received his primary and secondary education in Ste-Rose du Lac. He then attended both St Paul's College and the University of Manitoba, and he was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce (honours) degree in 1947, at which time he was a gold medal recipient. This was merely the beginning of Senator Molgat's relationship with the University of Manitoba, a relationship which continues today, marked just this past fall by his fiftieth homecoming celebration, which he was pleased to attend.
Mr. Molgat's long and distinguished career in public service began in 1953 with his election to the Manitoba legislature. He was re-elected in 1958, 1959, 1962, 1966 and 1969, representing the constituency of Ste-Rose. He was leader of the Liberal Party in Manitoba and Leader of the Opposition from 1961 to 1968. Following his time as leader, he remained in the Legislature until he was summoned to the Senate on October 7, 1971 by the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. Senator Molgat has proven his skill as both a parliamentarian as well as a politician.
In his role as Speaker of the Senate, Senator Molgat has had the opportunity to represent Canada on various parliamentary missions and exchanges abroad, as well as meeting with foreign officials visiting Canada. Senator Molgat has been serving his fellow citizens as well as his fellow parliamentarians for the last half century. His service has been completed with skill, devotion and passion.