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Jean-François Pouliot (politician)

Jean-François Pouliot (March 27, 1890 – July 6, 1969) was a lawyer, author and political figure in Quebec. He represented Témiscouata in the House of Commons of Canada from 1924 to 1955 as a Liberal and, for a period, as an Independent Liberal. Pouliot sat for De la Durantaye division in the Senate of Canada from 1955 to 1968.

The Hon.

Jean-François Pouliot
Senator for De la Durantaye, Quebec
In office
July 28, 1955 – June 28, 1968
Appointed byLouis St. Laurent
Preceded byFernand Fafard
Succeeded byLouis Giguère
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Témiscouata
In office
December 1, 1924 – July 27, 1955
Preceded byCharles Arthur Gauvreau
Succeeded byJean-Paul St. Laurent
Personal details
Born(1890-03-27)March 27, 1890
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, Canada
DiedJuly 6, 1969(1969-07-06) (aged 79)
Political partyLiberal
RelationsCharles-Eugène Pouliot, father
Jean-Baptiste Pouliot, grandfather

He was born in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, the son of Charles-Eugène Pouliot and Stella-Anita Bertrand. Pouliot was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1914[1] and set up practice in Rivière-du-Loup. In 1920, he married Marika Maubach.[2] He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the House of Commons in 1921. Pouliot was elected in a 1924 by-election held following the death of Charles Arthur Gauvreau. He was re-elected in all subsequent federal elections, resigning his seat in 1955 after being called to the Senate.

Pouliot and several other Quebec Liberal MPs broke with the Liberal Party during the Conscription Crisis of 1944, quitting the Liberal caucus in order to oppose the government's decision to deploy National Resources Mobilization Act conscripts overseas. Previously, conscripts had only been used for "home defence" and kept within Canada.[3] He ran and was re-elected as an "Independent Liberal" in the 1945 federal election. He subsequently rejoined the Liberal caucus.

He published:

  • Le nouveau Code municipal annoté [de la province de Québec] (1916)
  • Le droit paroissial de la province de Québec (1919)
  • Traité de droit fabricien et paroissial (1936)[2]


  1. ^ Roy, PG Toutes petites choses du régime anglais. Deuxième série (1946) p. 232
  2. ^ a b Fournier, Rodolphe Lieux et monuments historiques de l'Est du Québec (1980) p. 239
  3. ^ "Quebec rebuks Houde and Bracken's hidden men", Toronto Daily Star, June 12, 1945

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