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ROBITAILLE, Theodore, Canadian statesman, born in Varennes, Quebec, 29 January, 1834. He was educated at the Seminary of Sainte Therese, Laval university, and McGill college, where he was graduated in medicine in 1858. He became a successful physician, and represented Bonaventure in the Canada assembly from 1861 till 1867, and in the Dominion parliament from 1867 till July, 1878 He also represented that place in the Quebec assembly from 1871 till January, 1874, when he retired in order to confine himself to the Dominion parliament. He became a member of the privy council of Canada, and was receiver-general from 30 January, 1873, till 5 November of that year, when he resigned with the administration. He was lieutenant-governor of the province of Quebec from 26 July, 1879, until September, 1884. He became a member of the Canadian senate, 28 January, 1885.--His brother, Louis, Canadian physician, born in Varennes, Quebec, 30 October, 1836, was educated at the Seminary of Sainte Therese and at McGill university, where he was graduated as a physician in 1860. He established himself at New Carlisle, and was successful in his practice. Dr. Robitaille was appointed in January, 1869, surgeon of the regimental division of Bonaventure, in 1871 commissioner for the census for the county of Bonaventure, and in 1875 vice-consul of France for the district of Gaspe. He was collector of customs at New Carlisle in 1873-'83, and was a member of the Dominion senate from 8 February, 1883, till 25 January, 1885, when he resigned. In 1885 he was appointed inspector of customs, and vice-president of the Baie des Chaleurs railway. In 1879 he was elected to the Dominion parliament for Bonaventure, but declined. He has travelled extensively. Both the brothers are Conservatives in politics.
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