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DUBUC, Joseph, Canadian jurist, born in St. Martine, Quebec. 26 December 1840. He was graduated as B. C. L. at McGill University in 1869, went to Red River in June 1870, and was for a year a correspondent of "La Minerve" of Montreal. He was one of the two commissioners appointed to investigate the right to the hay privilege claimed by the settlers on Red and Assiniboine rivers. He has acted as counsel for the crown at criminal assizes since February 1875, was president of the St. Jean Baptist society of Manitoba for 1875, and president of the Manitoba colonization society for 1877. He is a member of the council of Manitoba University, established in 1877.
He was appointed superintendent of Roman Catholic schools, and secretary of the Roman Catholic section of the board of education for Manitoba in 1872, a member of the executive council for the Northwest Territories in December 1872, and a legal adviser of the said council in 1874. He was a member of the executive council and attorney general, in Mr. Girard's administration, from 8 July till 2 December 1874, when the government resigned. He was elected speaker of the Manitoba legislature, 31 March 1875, and represented Bale St. Paul from 1870 until 1874, when he was elected for St. Nobert, which seat he held until 1878, when he resigned, being elected by acclamation to the Dominion parliament. He was appointed a judge of the court of Queen's Bench in December 1879.
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