Pierre Stanislas Bédard
Pierre Stanislas Bédard, politician, judge (b at Charlesbourg Château, Qué 13 Nov 1762; d at Trois-Rivières, LC 26 Apr 1829).
Bédard, Pierre Stanislas
Pierre Stanislas Bédard, politician, judge (b at Charlesbourg Château, Qué 13 Nov 1762; d at Trois-Rivières, LC 26 Apr 1829). Called to the bar in 1790 and first elected to the legislative assembly of Lower Canada for Northumberland in 1792, Bédard quickly became a leader of the forming PARTI CANADIEN and a notable critic of the ruling CHÂTEAU CLIQUE.
In 1806 he assisted in the establishment of Le Canadien, a journal intended to broadcast his party's platform among the province's intelligentsia; in 1810 he and other staff of Le Canadien were arrested, on order of Governor Sir James CRAIG, as a result of comments published in the paper, and imprisoned. He was later released without being brought to trial, and his appointment to the bench in 1812 was widely seen as an atonement by the administration for his arrest. He remained on the bench, with some interruptions due to ill health, until his death.