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LA RIVIERE, Alphonse Alfred Clement, Canadian statesman, born in Montreal, 24 July, 1842. He was educated at Jacques Cartier normal school and St. Mary's college in his native city, was connected with the Dominion land-office at Winnipeg from October, 1871, till 1875, and founded the association St. Jean Baptiste de Manitoba in 1872, and La societe de colonization de Manitoba in 1874. He is superintendent of Roman Catholic schools and joint secretary of the board of education, and is a member of the council of the University of Manitoba. He was elected by acclamation for St. Boniface to the provincial legislature in 1878, re-elected in 1879, and was appointed provincial secretary in 1881. He was re-elected in 1882, and again in 1886, and was appointed minister of agriculture, statistics, and health, 6 September, 1883, which portfolio he resigned in August, 1886, and became provincial treasurer. He has been president of the board of arts and manufactures of the province of Quebec, was for a time special correspondent of "La Minerve," of Montreal, and is now chief editor of "Le Manitoba."
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