Philippe Roy

Philippe Roy, physician, diplomat (b at St-François, Qué 1 Feb 1868; d at Ottawa 10 Dec 1948). Educated at Laval, Roy practised medicine in Québec C, and after 1897 in and around Edmonton, where he worked to promote the interests of the FRENCH IN THE WEST.

Roy, Philippe

Philippe Roy, physician, diplomat (b at St-François, Qué 1 Feb 1868; d at Ottawa 10 Dec 1948). Educated at Laval, Roy practised medicine in Québec C, and after 1897 in and around Edmonton, where he worked to promote the interests of the FRENCH IN THE WEST. He was a senator 1906-11 and then a pioneer in Canada's foreign service: commissioner general at Paris, France, 1911-28; and the first envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary in Paris, 1928-38. As commissioner general, with a princely 1911 salary of $8000 plus $5000 expenses, Roy advanced Canadian commercial interests. As minister, he had full diplomatic privileges, the second Canadian (after Vincent MASSEY in Washington) to have such status.