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Joseph Charles Tache

(1820—1894) journalist and civil servant


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(1820–94). Born in Kamouraska, Lower Canada (Quebec), he was educated at the Séminaire de Québec, where he earned his medical diploma. He practised medicine in Rimouski, which he represented in the legislative assembly from 1847 to 1857. A staunch Conservative, he remained active in politics as founding editor of Le Courrier du Canada and as deputy minister of agriculture; he twice represented Canada at events in Paris—in 1855, when he was made a member of the Légion d'honneur, and in 1867. His political journalism includes denunciations of anti-clericals (especially Benjamin Sulte), concern for prison reform, promotion of francophone immigration to Canada, and expansion in the Northwest. (His younger brother, Alexandre-Antonin Taché, was the first bishop of Saint-Boniface and author of Esquisse sur le Nord-Ouest, 1869.) Notable among Taché's non-fiction works are Esquisse sur le Canada, considéré sous le point de vue économique (Paris, 1855) and Des provinces de l'Amérique du Nord et d'une union fédérale (Québec, 1858). Writing on cultural topics, he occasionally shared with Hubert LaRue the pseudonym ‘Isidore Mesplats’.

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From The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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