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Judy LaMarsh, 1924-1980

Prominent Canadians

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue September 26, 1997
Year 1997
Quantity 1,875,000
Perforation or Dimension 13.5 x 13
Series Prominent Canadians
Series Time Span 1997
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.85
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.35
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Pane of 20 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 375,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: 13.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Perforation: 13.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

About Stamp

Arm raised, finger pointing emphatically as he delivers an impassioned address, it is a telling portrait of eminent Canadian Réal Caouette. This image is depicted on one of the four domestic-rate stamps creted to honour the lives and achievements of prominent federal politicians. In conjunction with what would have been Caouette's birthday, Canada Post will issue these commemorative stamps to recognize the contributions of Caouette and three other Canadian politicians who enriched the character of our nation: Martha Black, Lionel Chevrier and Judy LaMarsh. Born in Chatham, Ontario, Judy Verlyn LaMarsh was the daughter of a criminal lawyer who was an ardent Liberal.

Judy LaMarsh

Growing up in Chatham and Niagara Falls, LaMarsh was drawn to politics and law and, following wartime service with the Canadian Women's Army Corps, entered the University of Toronto. She attended Osgoode Hall Law School and, in 1950, went into law partnership with her father. Active in the Niagara Falls Liberal organization and president of the Ontario Women's Liberal Association, LaMarsh entered parliament in a 1960 by-election during a period when the Liberals were in opposition. When the Liberals returned to power in 1963, LaMarsh was named Minister of Health and Welfare. In this administration, she introduced the Canada Pension Plan Bill and began work on a national health plan, but was soon named Secretary of State with responsibility for Canada's 1967 centennial celebrations. In this new role, she initiated internal reform in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and tabled a Broadcasting Act. After resigning in 1968, LaMarsh hit the speaking circuit, hosted a television show and an open-line program, and published a memoir and a novel. She died in 1980 at the age of 55.


Designed by Kosta Tsetsekas.

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Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 6, No. 5, 1997, p. 16, 18-19.

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