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MOUSSEAU, Joseph Alfred, Canadian statesman, born in Lower Canada in July, 1838. He was educated at Berthier academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1860, and created a Queen's counsel in 1873. He was elected for Bagot to the Dominion parliament in 1874, re-elected in 1878, and again in 1882. He was sworn of the privy council, became its president in November, 1880, and was appointed secretary of state, 20 May, 1881. He resigned his seat in the Dominion parliament, 29 July, 1882, to become premier of Quebec, and was appointed attorney-general, 31 July, 1882. He was elected for Bagot to the provincial parliament, 26 August, 1829. He declined a judgeship in Manitoba in 1871. He is a writer for the press, and was one of the founders of " Le colonisateur" newspaper in 1862, and of " L'Opinion publique " in 1870. He published "Cardinal et Duquet, victimes de 1837-'8" (Montreal, 1861), and a pamphlet in defence of confederation (1867).
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