|Léo Richer La Flèche|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Preceded by||Thomas Vien|
|Succeeded by||Édouard Rinfret|
|Born||April 16, 1888|
|Died||March 7, 1956 (aged 67)|
|Spouse(s)||Jane Richer La Flèche (Jane Brady)|
|Children||Denyse Richer La Flèche, François Richer La Flèche, Jean Richer La Flèche, Paul Richer La Flèche, Pierre Richer La Flèche|
|Occupation||Major General, Civil Servant, Diplomat, Politician|
|Cabinet||Minister of National War Services (1942-1945)|
|Unit||22nd Battalion, CEF|
Léo Richer La Flèche, PC DSO (April 16, 1888 – March 7, 1956) was a Canadian general, civil servant, diplomat, and politician.
Léo Richer La Flèche was born in Concordia, Kansas, on April 16, 1888. The same year, with his parents, Zotique and Ida Richer La Flèche, Léo moved to Sorel, Quebec, because of his father's work in Ottawa with the government for the civil service. Léo served with the 22nd Battalion, CEF, during World War I as a captain and major. In 1917, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Légion d'honneur of France. He later became a lieutenant-colonel commanding the District Depot No. 4, Montreal. He would achieve the rank of major general. From 1932 to 1939, he was Deputy Minister of National Defence, Vice-Chairman Defence Council and briefly served as military attaché to Paris before the German invasion.
From 1940 to 1942, he was the associate deputy minister of War Services and was chairman of the National Film Board from 1941 to 1943. In 1941, he received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Ottawa.
He was elected as the Liberal candidate to the Canadian House of Commons for the Quebec electoral district of Outremont in a by-election on November 30, 1942, called after the current MP, Thomas Vien, resigned. He defeated Jean Drapeau, future mayor of Montreal. This same fall, Prime minister Mackenzie King named him Minister of National War Services, a post he kept until he became the first Canadian ambassador to Greece on April 17, 1945.
He was the Canadian ambassador to Greece from 1945 to 1949. On October 20, 1949, he presented his credentials to the governor general of Australia as the new high commissioner of Canada. On August 19, 1952, he also held this position in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as he officially took his post as the Canadian ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary in charge of the diplomatic relations with neighbouring Uruguay. He returned to Canada in 1955. He died the next year at the age of 67. His grave is in the Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery of Montreal.
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John Kennett Starnes
|Canadian Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary to Greece
George Loranger Magann
Kenneth Alfred Greene
|Canadian High Commissioner to Australia
Carman Millward Croft
Lionel Victor Joseph Roy
|Canadian Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary to Argentina
Louis Phillippe Picard
|Canadian Envoy Extraordinary and
Minister Plenipotentiary to Uruguay
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