Louis-Victor Sicotte

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Louis-Victor Sicotte
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Joint Premier of the Province of Canada (Canada East)
In office
1862–1863
Serving with John Sandfield Macdonald
Preceded by Sir George-Étienne Cartier
Succeeded by Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada
In office
1854–1857
Preceded by John Sandfield Macdonald
Succeeded by Henry Smith
Personal details
Born Louis Cicot
(1812-11-08)November 8, 1812
Boucherville, Lower Canada
Died September 5, 1889(1889-09-05) (aged 76)
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
Occupation Lawyer, judge
Louis-Victor Sicotte by Théophile Hamel

Louis-Victor Sicotte, QC (November 6, 1812 – September 5, 1889) was a lawyer, judge and politician in Lower Canada.

He was born Louis Cicot in Boucherville, Lower Canada in 1812. He studied law and was called to the bar in 1839. He helped found the Aide-toi, le Ciel t’aidera (God helps those who help themselves) society, which is credited with introducing the celebration of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day for French Canadians, and was also its secretary-treasurer. He supported the Patriotes but apparently took no part in the Rebellions of 1837–38. He believed, correctly as it turned out, that rebellion would only lead to an imposed union with Upper Canada.

In 1838, he set up a practice in Saint-Hyacinthe. In 1851, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly representing Saint-Hyacinthe. He became part of the Hincks-Morin government for a short time in August 1853. He was re-elected in 1854 and elected speaker. In the same year, he was named Queen's Counsel. In November 1857, he was chosen as Commissioner of Crown Lands, serving until 1 August 1858.[1] He was re-elected in 1858 and became Commissioner of Public Works in the Cartier-Macdonald government from 1858 to 10 January 1859. He was Joint Premier of the Province of Canada with John Sandfield Macdonald from May 24, 1862 to May 15, 1863.

He refused a cabinet post in the Macdonald-Dorion government that followed and, after his reelection in 1863, introduced a motion of non-confidence, which was rejected by a small margin. In September 1863, he accepted an appointment as judge of the Superior Court in the Saint-Hyacinthe district, serving until 1887.

He died in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1889.

Sicotte Township, located in the Outaouais region of Quebec, was named in his honour (but renamed to Grand-Remous in 1973).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Report of the Bureau of Archives for the Province of Ontario vol. 1, p. 47
  2. ^ "Canton de Sicotte" (in French). Commission de toponymie du Québec. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 

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Preceded by
Sir George-Étienne Cartier
Joint Premiers of the Province of Canada - Canada East
1862–1863
Succeeded by
with Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion
Preceded by
John Sandfield Macdonald
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the United Provinces of Canada
1854–1857
Succeeded by
Henry Smith