Born in Eastview (Vanier) on June 24, 1934, Bernard Charles Grandmaître is a businessman who first demonstrated his interest in civic politics when he was elected as a Vanier alderman (1969-1974) and later its mayor (1974-1984). Elected as Liberal MLA for Ottawa-East in a by-election in December 1984 and re-elected in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1995, Bernard Grandmaître served as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1985-1987), Francophone Affairs (1985-1989) and Revenue (1987-1989). He was responsible for the passage of the French Language Services Act (Bill 8) in 1986. He retired in 1999 and took on the chair of the City of Ottawa French Language Services Committee in January 2001. An Ottawa arena has been named for him, and annually since 1999 the Ottawa ACFO awards the Prix Bernard-Grandmaître. Laurentian University conferred an honourary Doctor of Laws degree on him in 2001, and in 2005 he was named Honourary President of the Les Monuments de la Francophonie d’Ottawa project. A catholic elementary school in Ottawa bares his name since 2006.