After being translator to the Assembly of the Province of Canada, he was assistant librarian at the Library of Parliament 1856-80 and chief compiler of its Catalogue (2 vols, 1857-58). He helped found Les SOIRÉES CANADIENNES and Le Foyer canadien, of which he was the leading figure (1862-65). His most famous work is a 2-part novel: Jean Rivard, le défricheur (1862) and Jean Rivard, économiste (1864), which extols the virtue of clearing uncultivated land in Québec as a means of ensuring survival of the French Canadian nation. Part of his Mémoires (1885) and an historical work, Dix ans au Canada, de 1840 à 1850 (1888-91), were published posthumously.
Author RENÉ DIONNE