Then-Quebec Liberal Senator Philippe Gigantès, pictured in his Victoria Building office in Ottawa in 1990, may go down in Canadian political history books as one of the top filibusterers ever. During the GST filibuster in the Senate in 1990, he talked for 17 hours and 45 minutes and read one of his entire books into the record. Claire Hoy later wrote that Gigantès did so in order to get it translated into French. Gigantès was a colourful character. He was a World War II veteran of the British Royal Navy, a journalist for the London Observer, a war correspondent, a prisoner of war during the Korean War, a British spy catcher, an author of 15 books, a television commentator, and a former Greek minister of culture. A former Montreal Gazette editorial writer, Gigantès was appointed to the Upper Chamber by prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1984.
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