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ROYAL, Joseph, Canadian statesman, born in Repentigny, Quebec, 7 May, 1837. He was educated at the Jesuit college, Montreal, studied law, and was admitted to the bar of Lower Canada in 1864, and to that of Manitoba in 1871, was counsel in important cases, retired in 1880, and is now the agent for Le credit foncier Franco-Canadien for Manitoba. He has written much for the French Canadian periodical press for many years, and edited and established various newspapers. He was elected to the legislative assembly of Manitoba in 1870, and was re-elected in 1875 and 1878. In 1879 he was chosen to the Dominion parliament, and he was re-elected in 1882 and 1887. He was elected speaker of the first legislative assembly of Manitoba in 1871, which post he held till March, 1872, when he was appointed a member of the executive council and provincial secretary, but resigned in July, 1874. He was minister of public works from 3 December, 1874, till he was appointed attorney-general in May, 1876, and held the latter office till the resignation of the government, when he became minister of public works in the new administration. He was appointed a member of the executive council of the Northwest territory in 1873, and was the first superintendent of education for Manitoba. He has been a delegate to Ottawa on the subject of obtaining better terms for Manitoba, and also regarding the enlargement of her boundaries. In October, 1875, he aided in securing a readjustment of the financial arrangements of Manitoba with the Dominion. Mr. Royal was a commissioner to consolidate the statutes of Manitoba in 1877, and since that year has been 1st vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. He received the confederation medal in 1885, and in June, 1888, was appointed lieutenant-governor of the Northwest territory. He is the author of "Le traite de reciprocite" (1864)" Vie politique de Sir Louis H. Lafontaine " (1864) ; "Considdrations sur les nombreux changements constitutionels de l'Amerique Britannique du Nord, l'annexion" (1866); " Notes par un Nicolgtain" (1866); " La colonisation en 1866" (1867): " Le sacrifice et l'egoisme" (1867); and " Le gofit-theorie " (1867).
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