Louis-Mathias Auger

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Louis-Mathias Auger (April 3, 1902 – March 6, 1966) was an Ontario teacher and political figure. He represented Prescott in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1926 to 1929.

He was born in Contrecoeur, Quebec in 1902, the son of Louis Auger, and moved to Hawkesbury, Ontario with his family in 1912. Auger had studied at the University of Ottawa and went on to teach there. He defeated Gustave Évanturel to win a seat in the House of Commons in 1926. During his term in office, he was articling with a lawyer in L'Original and studying law part-time at Osgoode Hall. He resigned his seat in 1929 after being accused of raping a young woman from his constituency who had come to see him about possible employment in the public service. Auger was acquitted of the charge of rape but found guilty of seduction and was sentenced to two years in Kingston Penitentiary, the maximum penalty for that crime.

He ran unsuccessfully as an independent Liberal in 1935. Auger served as mayor of Hawkesbury in 1936.

In 2006, Marguerite Andersen published a novel Doucement le bonheur (ISBN 2894232063) based on the events surrounding the trial.

References[edit]

  • Histoire des Comtes Unis de Prescott et de Russell, L. Brault (1963)

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Gustave Évanturel
Member of Parliament for Prescott
1926-1929
Succeeded by
Élie-Oscar Bertrand