Joseph Schubert (politician)

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Joseph Schubert
Acting Mayor of Montreal
In office
August 29, 1927 – November 1927
Preceded by J.B. Rochon
Montreal City Councillor
In office
1924–1939
Preceded by TBD
Succeeded by TBD
Personal details
Born 1889
Romania
Died March 7, 1952
Montreal
Political party Labour Party
Residence Montreal, Quebec
Occupation labour leader
Religion Judaism

Joseph Schubert (1889 - 7 March 1952)[1] was a Canadian politician, who served on Montreal City Council from 1924 to 1939.[2] Originally from Romania, Schubert was a prominent labour unionist in the city,[3] and was the only Labour Party representative on Montreal's city council.[2] One of his first prominent actions as a city councillor was a speech protesting police harassment of participants in the city's 1924 May Day parade.[4]

In 1931, he built a public bathhouse at the corner of Bagg and St. Lawrence, which still stands today as the Schubert Bath (official French name: Bain Schubert).[5]

He served for three months as the city's acting mayor, commencing August 29, 1927, under mayor Médéric Martin.[6] (Despite the title "acting mayor", however, he was never the city's official leader; in modern terms, his role would be more accurately understood as that of a deputy mayor or a mayor pro tem.) Until the appointment of Michael Applebaum as interim mayor in 2012, he was the highest ranking Jewish official in the history of Montreal's municipal government.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph Schubert set a good example". The Gazette (Montreal). 8 March 1952. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Schubert - Residence". Musée interactif du Montréal juif.
  3. ^ Gerald J. J. Tulchinsky, Canada's Jews: A People's Journey. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-8020-9062-1.
  4. ^ "Reds Are Harried by Montreal Police". The Globe and Mail, May 2, 1924.
  5. ^ Anctil, Pierre. "Le bain Schubert et la synagogue Beys Shlomo". RALLYE-DECOUVERTE — FRAG SUR LA MAIN (in French). ATSA. pp. 20–25. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  6. ^ Jewish Telegraphic Agency (30 August 1927). "Jew Becomes Acting Mayor of Montreal for 3 Months". New York: JTA Jewish News Archive. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-17.