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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Ernest Cyr (1854-1929)

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Joseph Ernest Cyr
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MLA (1883-1886), MP (1904-1908).

Born at Montreal, Quebec on 4 September 1854, son of Michel Cyr and Mary-Louise Moquin, he was educated at St. Laurent College, near Montreal. He was elected to Manitoba Legislature at a June 1883 by-election, was not a candidate in 1886, and was defeated in 1888. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Provencher in 1887 but was elected in 1904. He was appointed Superintendent of Dominion Public Works at Winnipeg in 1910. Mayor of St. Boniface, 1885. President, St. Jean Baptiste Society and first president, Manitoba French Liberal Association. He had wide experience as a journalist, and his lectures on Western Canada and the working classes in Canadasecured him a reputation in Canadian literature. He married Cesarine Senez of Montreal on 5 January 1875. He died at St. Boniface on 12 April 1929.


Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

The Canadian Directory of Parliament, 1867-1967, edited by J. K. Johnson, Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa [Library and Archives Canada], 1968.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 December 2018

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