Louis O’Neill was born on April 25, 1925, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec and died on October 23, 2018.
He was a Canadian university professor, writer, priest, and politician.
He was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1976–1981 and held two cabinet posts.
His parents were Thomas O’Neill and Alexandrine Lafontaine.
He was a student at the Séminaire de Québec, Université Laval, Angelicum in Rome, and at the University of Strasbourg, in the fields of philosophy and theology.
On June 3, 1950, he was ordained as a priest.
Louis O’Neill served as a professor at various institutions, including Université Laval and the National University of Rwanda.
O’Neill wrote for various newspapers including Le Devoir and Le Jour, and various magazines including L’Actualité.
Louis O’Neill was a co-writer on various works with Gérard Dion, including the 1956 manifesto L’immoralité politique dans la Province de Québec, a denunciation of “Duplessis”.
Louis O’Neill ran for the Parti Québécois in Mercier in the 1973 Quebec general election, but was unsuccessful, but won a seat in Chauveau in 1976.
Louis O’Neill was Minister of Cultural Affairs from 1976 to 1978, and Minister of Communications from 1976 to 1979. He did not run for re-election in 1981.
O’Neill returned to teaching in the department of theology at Université Laval and became professor emeritus in 1999.
O’Neil was a member of the board of directors for Laval as well as serving as president of the Association of Professors of Laval University.
He passed away at 93 years old.