Antoine-Aimé Dorion

(1818—1891) lawyer and politician in Canada

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(1818–91). Born into a family of reform politicians, Dorion studied law after finishing his schooling at Nicolet, and was called to the bar in 1842. In the years leading up to responsible government, he was active in liberal clubs. Republican sympathies led him to support the annexation manifesto in 1849, and brought him into contact with the anglophone business establishment that later played an important role in his political career. In the 1850s, he emerged as a moderate leader of the Rouge Party. He was a typical 19th-century whig, believing in a lay state, universal male suffrage, the sanctity of private property, economic development, and progress. He opposed cronyism and excessive government spending. Unlike many of his fellow liberals, however, he remained a devout Catholic and resigned from the Institut canadien when it was condemned by Rome in 1869. He participated in three governments during the union period and became minister of justice in Alexander Mackenzie's Liberal administration in 1873. In 1874, Dorion left politics to become chief justice of the Quebec Court of Queen's Bench.

From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.

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