Plessis maintained the church's position in the struggle for the social leadership of Lower Canada between the British colonial government and a rising Canadian bourgeoisie. Though his clergy were too few to meet all the pastoral needs in the parishes, Plessis deliberately channelled a significant number of young ecclesiastics into classical and clerical education, a policy which eventually halted the persistent decline in clerical recruitment. Largely through Plessis's efforts, the Roman Catholic diocese of Québec, then including all the BNA colonies except Newfoundland, was divided into a number of administrative units, still the basis of today's diocesan organization.
Author JAMES H. LAMBERT
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...