Joseph Sasseville Roy

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J. Sasseville Roy
Member of Parliament
for Gaspé
In office
March 1940 – June 1945
Preceded by Maurice Brasset
Succeeded by Léopold Langlois
Personal details
Born (1895-08-21)August 21, 1895
Cap-Chat, Quebec
Died April 10, 1970(1970-04-10) (aged 74)
Gaspé, Quebec
Political party Independent Conservative, Independent
Spouse(s) Hélène Baillargeon
m. 1 Sep 1920
Profession agent, businessman

Joseph Sasseville Roy (August 21, 1895 – April 10, 1970) was a Quebec businessman and political figure who represented Gaspé in the House of Commons of Canada as an Independent Conservative and then as an Independent member from 1940 to 1945.[1]

A native of Cap-Chat[1] and the son of Wilfrid Roy, Joseph Sasseville Roy married Hélène, the daughter of Trefflé Baillargeon, in 1920. He ran unsuccessfully in the riding of Abitibi for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1927 and 1931 as a Quebec Conservative Party candidate.[2] Roy distanced himself from the Conservatives in 1941 after disagreeing with them on the subject of conscription and subsequently joined the "Independent Group" of anti-conscription MPs led by Frédéric Dorion.[3] He was unsuccessful in his re-election bids to represent the Gaspé constituency in 1945 when he ran for re-election as an independent and again in 1949 when he was the Progressive Conservative candidate.[1] During World War II, he was criticized by the Canadian military for raising the issue of German U-boat attacks in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. He wished to ensure that merchant ships were being protected; the military wished to prevent information leaking back to the enemy.[4]

In 1961, Sasseville Roy was nominated for the position of president of the Federal Progressive Conservative Association of Quebec but withdrew in favour of Luce Pelland-Sauvé, the widow of Paul Sauvé.[5] He died around 1969.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Joseph Sasseville Roy – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Normandin, A L (1944). Canadian Parliamentary Guide. 
  3. ^ Bélanger, J; Desjardin, M; Frenette, J (1981). Histoire de la Gaspésie (in French). ISBN 2-89052-040-4. 
  4. ^ "The Summer of 1943: An Episode in the Battle of the Saint Lawrence". Canadian Military Journal. Department of National Defence. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
  5. ^ "Quebec Tories Pick Mrs. Sauve". Windsor Star. March 6, 1961. p. 27. Retrieved 2011-07-16. 
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