Born in Rigaud, Quebec, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Joseph Seminary, Trois-Rivières in 1946 and a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1949 from Laval University. He was called to the Quebec Bar in 1949 and was created a Queen's Counsel in 1959. A practicing lawyer, he worked in mining law at the Chambre de commerce du Québec.
In 1990, he was summoned to the Canadian Senate on the advise of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mulroney used a little-known constitutional provision to increase the number of senators by eight temporarily, thus giving the Progressive Conservatives a majority in the upper chamber needed to pass the Goods and Services Tax legislation. A Progressive Conservative, he represented the senatorial division of Quebec until he retired in 2000. He was Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee - Privileges, Standing Rules and Orders.
He is the author of L'indispensable Sénat: défense d'une institution mal aimée, a book in which he defends the existence of the Senate.