Pacifique Plante

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Pacifique Plante (1907 [1] – August 9, 1976 in Guadalajara, Mexico[2]) was a crime fighting Montreal lawyer from the 1940s to the 1950s. He was also known as Pax Plante.

Between 1940 and 1950, he waged war against organized crime, vice and corruption in Montreal. In 1948, Plante denounced corruption inside the police force. With the assistance of the journalist Gérard Filion, he published a series of articles in Le Devoir (from November 1949 to February 1950) where he affirmed that police "protection" encouraged the activities of the underworld. With Jean Drapeau, he took part in the Caron Inquiry, which led to the arrest of several police officers.

Books about Plante[edit]

The non-fiction book City Unique by William Weintraub deals with his fight against vice in Montreal. The book has won a QSPELL Award.


  1. ^ Pierre De Champlain, “Histoire du Crime Organisé à Montréal de 1900 à 1980", (Montréal : Les Éditions de L’homme), 126.
  2. ^ Anderson, R.J. (31 December 1976). "Many prominent Canadians among 1976 dead.". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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