The Honourable George Carlyle Marler was born 14 September 1901 in Montréal. He attended Selwyn House School, Bishop's College School, Royal Naval College of Canada and McGill University, after which he began a law career in the family firm. Very active in politics, he served on the Montréal City Council before entering Québec provincial politics, becoming Leader of the Opposition in 1948. He was appointed Federal Minister of Transport in 1957, and in 1960 he was appointed to Québec's Upper House. He served in Jean Lesage's Liberal Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio until 1965.
Philatelists today derive immense benefit from George Marler's research and writings on the Admiral and Edward issues. At the time of his death, he was working on a manuscript based on his detailed study of the Admiral stamps, which the American Philatelic Society published as The Admiral Issue of Canada in 1982.
George Marler died 10 April 1980.
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