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David Arthur Lafortune (October 4, 1848 – October 19, 1922) was a lawyer and political figure in Quebec. He represented Montcalm from 1909 to 1917 and Jacques Cartier from 1917 to 1922 in the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal.[1]

David Arthur Lafortune
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Montcalm
In office
Preceded byFrançois Octave Dugas
Succeeded byDistrict was abolished in 1914
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Jacques Cartier
In office
Preceded byJoseph Adélard Descarries
Succeeded byJoseph-Théodule Rhéaume
Personal details
Born(1848-10-04)October 4, 1848
St-Esprit, Canada East
DiedOctober 19, 1922(1922-10-19) (aged 74)
Political partyLiberal

He was born in Saint-Ésprit, Canada East, the son of Joachim Lafortune and Félicité Beaupré, and was educated at the Collège de L'Assomption and the Université Laval. Lafortune was married twice: to Mary Hedwige Messier in 1874 and to Christina-Corinne Lussier in 1898. He was called to the Quebec bar in 1883. He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Quebec assembly in 1886 and 1904. Lafortune was appointed Crown Prosecutor for Montreal in 1905. In 1906, he was named King's Counsel. Lafortune was first elected to the House of Commons in a 1909 by-election held after François Octave Dugas was named a judge. He died in office in Montreal at the age of 74.[2]


  1. ^ David Arthur Lafortune – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Johnson, J.K. (1968). The Canadian Directory of Parliament 1867-1967. Public Archives of Canada.