Joseph-Émery Phaneuf

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Joseph-Émery Phaneuf
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Bagot
In office
Preceded by Frédéric-Hector Daigneault
Succeeded by Cyrille Dumaine
Personal details
Born (1863-02-14)February 14, 1863
Saint-Hugues, Quebec
Died August 9, 1935(1935-08-09) (aged 72)
Saint-Hugues, Quebec
Political party Liberal

Joseph-Émery Phaneuf (February 14, 1863 – August 9, 1935) was a Quebec provincial politician during the first half of the 20th century.

Born in Saint-Hugues, Quebec, Phaneuf owned the general store of Saint-Hugues for over 20 years, and later a successful hay merchant. He was one of the founding partners of the Group Commerce Insurance companies and a director of these French Canadian insurance companies until his death.

Phaneuf was first elected in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in a by-election in 1913 in the riding of Bagot (now part of Johnson). He remained the MLA for 22 years until his death in 1935. He also served as mayor of his birth town of Saint-Hughes during his provincial political career from 1917 to 1931. As mayor he was responsible for paving the village streets, something unheard of in villages of that size at that time. He was also responsible for bringing electricity to the village. He was a member of the Quebec Liberal Party, which was in power during his entire tenure as MLA. He introduced a number of laws regulating the insurance industry, then in its infancy.