Joseph-Alfred Dion

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Joseph-Alfred Dion
Member of Parliament
for Lake St-John—Roberval
In office
June 1945 – June 1949
Preceded by Armand Sylvestre
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Member of Parliament
for Roberval
In office
June 1949 – April 1952
Personal details
Born (1897-03-21)21 March 1897
Île-Verte, Quebec
Died 30 November 1957(1957-11-30) (aged 60)
Political party Liberal
Independent Liberal
Spouse(s) Gertrude Foisy
m. 10 September 1925[1]
Profession lawyer

Joseph-Alfred Dion (21 March 1897 – 30 November 1957) was an independent then Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons. He was born in Île-Verte, Quebec and became a lawyer by career.

Dion was educated at Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and at Université Laval where he received his LLB degree.[1]

He was first elected to Parliament at the Lake St-John—Roberval riding as an Independent Liberal candidate in the 1945 general election. He and several other Quebec Liberals had broken with their party the year before during the Conscription Crisis of 1944, quitting the party in order to oppose the government's decision to deploy National Resources Mobilization Act conscripts overseas. Previously, conscripts had only been used for "home defence" and kept within Canada.[2] He subsequently rejoined the party and, after serving his first term in the House of Commons, ridings were realigned and Dion became a candidate in the new Roberval riding where he won in the 1949 federal election as an official Liberal party candidate.

From 1949 to 1952, he was the House of Commons' Deputy Speaker. On 8 April 1952, Dion resigned his Parliamentary seat when he was appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.


  1. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G. (1952). The Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  2. ^ "Quebec rebuks Houde and Bracken's hidden men", Toronto Daily Star, 12 June 1945

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