Edmund James Flynn

Edmund James Flynn (November 16, 1847 – June 7, 1927) was a Canadian politician and the tenth premier of Quebec, from 1896 to 1897.

Edmund James Flynn
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10th Premier of Quebec
In office
May 11, 1896 – May 24, 1897
Lieutenant GovernorJoseph-Adolphe Chapleau
Preceded byLouis-Olivier Taillon
Succeeded byFélix-Gabriel Marchand
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Gaspé
In office
May 1, 1878 – June 17, 1890
Preceded byPierre-Étienne Fortin
Succeeded byAchille-Ferdinand Carrier
In office
March 8, 1892 – December 7, 1900
Preceded byAchille-Ferdinand Carrier
Succeeded byXavier Kennedy
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Nicolet
In office
December 7, 1900 – November 25, 1904
Preceded byGeorges Ball
Succeeded byAlfred Marchildon
Leader of the Official Opposition of Quebec
In office
May 24, 1897 – November 25, 1904
Preceded byFélix-Gabriel Marchand
Succeeded byPierre-Évariste Leblanc
Personal details
Born(1847-11-16)November 16, 1847
Percé, Canada East
DiedJune 7, 1927(1927-06-07) (aged 79)
Quebec City, Quebec
Resting placeCimetière Notre-Dame-de-Belmont
Political partyLiberal
Augustine Côté
(m. 1875)

Marie-Cécile Pouliot
(m. 1912)
RelationsJacques Flynn, grandson
Alma materUniversité Laval
OccupationLawyer, professor, and judge


Flynn, the son of Jacques Flynn and Elizabeth Tostevin, was born at Percé on November 16, 1847. He studied law at the Université Laval in Quebec City from 1871 to 1873, obtaining his degree with distinction. On 16 Sept. 1873 he was called to the bar of the province of Quebec and he took up his profession in the region where he was born.

Member of the legislatureEdit

Flynn became the Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the district of Gaspé in 1878. He crossed the floor in 1879 and joined the Conservative Party, a very controversial move at that time, an action which was shocking in the Gaspé riding where he was a favourite son, and a gallant chivalric-like orator on campaign. Flynn won re-election each time until 1890. In that year, Honore Mercier's Parti National won a landslide victory and Flynn lost his seat. Flynn ran for the federal Conservatives in the 1891 federal election for the riding of Quebec County, but lost. Flynn was sent back to the provincial legislature in 1892 and was re-elected in 1897.

Conservative LeaderEdit

He succeeded Louis-Olivier Taillon as Conservative Leader, became the tenth Premier of Quebec in 1896. In office he was concerned with public works, Crown Land adjudication and improving the quality of primary education and the compensation for schoolmasters. This short tenure marked the final time that the Conservative Party held power in Quebec.

In the 1897, his government suffered electoral defeat to the more popular Félix-Gabriel Marchand. During the remainder of his term as a legislator, Flynn served as Leader of the Opposition.


Flynn had taught a course in Roman law at Université Laval in Quebec City from the late 1870s. Flynn had been appointed a judge of the Superior Court for the district of Beauce in June 1914. In June 1920 he was appointed Judge of the Court of King's Bench, an office he held for the rest of his life. Flynn died at Quebec City, June 7, 1927 and his remains were interred in the cimetière Notre-Dame-de-Belmont, Sainte-Foy, Quebec.

See alsoEdit


  • "Edmund James Flynn". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.