|Member of the Canadian Parliament|
|Preceded by||Henri Sévérin Béland|
|Succeeded by||Ludger Dionne|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Beauce|
|Preceded by||Henri-René Renault|
|Succeeded by||Georges-Octave Poulin|
|Born||January 6, 1889|
|Died||January 19, 1963 (aged 74)|
|Children||Robert Dutil, grandson|
He was born on January 6, 1889 in Sainte-Marie, Quebec. At the age of twelve he began working in United States lumber camps along the Maine border where he learned the logging trade. He returned to Saint-Georges, Quebec, at the age of sixteen and formed his own company in 1911. He made career in forestry and opened a lumber plant in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine.
Member of ParliamentEdit
In September 1939, Lacroix and fellow Quebec Liberal MP Liguori Lacombe introduced an amendment calling for Canadian "non-participation" in the Second World War, reflecting some reluctance in French Canada to join Britain in war. The two MPs, who proved to be the amendment's only supporters, were condemned in a Globe and Mail editorial the following day as "two French-Canadians who gained eternal distinction by an attitude unworthy of their people and country."
He left the Liberals and joined the Bloc Populaire Canadien on February 18, 1943. He resigned his seat on July 11, 1944 to switch to provincial politics.
Lacroix, who had been a supporter of the Action libérale nationale in the 1930s, successfully ran as a Bloc Populaire candidate in the provincial district of Beauce in the 1944 provincial election. He never took his seat at the Legislative Assembly. He resigned and left politics on May 14, 1945.
He died on January 19, 1963.
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- "Edouard Lacroix". The Canadian Business Hall of Fame. JA Canada. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- Édouard Lacroix, Un Beauceron Gaspésien
- "1939: 'Canada at the side of Britain'". The CBC Digital Archives Website. CBC Radio. 3 September 1939. Retrieved 2009-06-20. Last updated: 5 December 2008.
- "Canada Has Decided". The Globe and Mail. 11 September 1939. Retrieved 2009-06-20. Via Canadian Museum of Civilization digital collections.