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François-Joseph Laflèche

François-Joseph Laflèche (4 October 1879 – 2 June 1945) was a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. He was born in Saint-Wenceslas, Quebec and became a physician, surgeon and pharmacist.

François-Joseph Laflèche[1]
Member of Parliament
for Richmond—Wolfe
In office
July 1930 – October 1935
Preceded byEdmund William Tobin
Succeeded byJames Patrick Mullins
Personal details
Born(1879-10-04)4 October 1879
Saint-Wenceslas, Quebec
Died2 June 1945(1945-06-02) (aged 65)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Marie Blanche Pepin
m. 21 October 1907[2]

Laflèche was educated at the Nicolet Seminary, then at school in Trois-Rivières. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Université de Sherbrooke. He was also licensed for medical practice in the American state of Maine.[2]

He was elected to Parliament at the Richmond—Wolfe riding in the 1930 general election. After serving his only term, the 17th Canadian Parliament, Laflèche was defeated by James Patrick Mullins of the Liberals in the 1935 federal election.

In 1934, Laflèche proposed a motion to legally require Canadian voters to cast a ballot at federal elections at a time when Australia and South Africa had already enacted compulsory voting laws.[3]


  1. ^ According to Canadian Parliamentary Guide 1932 and 1934; a few sources such as the Parlinfo website indicate transposed first names (i.e. Joseph-François).
  2. ^ a b Normandin, A.L. (1932). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (19 January 1934). "Compulsory voting advocated in House". The Globe. p. 6. Report on F. J. Lafleche motion, set to be introduced to the House of Commons.

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