The Eastern Townships Resource Centre organizes lectures and conferences throughout the year. The events are free and all are welcome.

The 18th Annual Robin Burns Lecture

Patrician Liberal: Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière

Premier of Quebec and Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia

The Eastern Townships Resource Centre invites you to attend the 18th annual Robin Burns Lecture on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 7:00 pm, in the Cleghorn Common Room (McGreer) on the Bishop’s University campus. The Centre has invited Dr. Jack Little from the Department of History at the Simon Fraser University to give a presentation about Sir Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière, Premier of Quebec and Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

Historians generally try to fit their human subjects into tidy social and ideological compartments but Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière defies easy categorization, which may help to explain why he has remained a relatively unknown figure in the history of Quebec and the Eastern Townships. As the son of Pierre-Gustave Joly who was a progressive-minded Protestant merchant from France, and of Julie-Christine Chartier de Lotbinière who was a member of one of Quebec's most distinguished old families, Henri-Gustave Joly de Lotbinière might well have been torn between two conflicting polarities. He appeared to have little difficulty reconciling his progressive ideas with his status as patrician seigneur, his role as lumberman with that of forest conservation spokesmen, his Protestantism (with ties to Bishop's College and University) with his defense of the Catholic school system, or his career-long support of provincial rights with his Canadian nationalism and British imperialism.

In this talk, Dr. Jack Little will explore the dualities in Joly de Lotbinière's life, following the threads that help to explain why he became a moderately successful Quebec politician and premier, an effective member of Laurier's Cabinet, and an influential lieutenant-governor of British Columbia. Dr. Little will also suggest that a close examination of his life and career sheds light on the conflicting forces within Quebec and Canada, forces that help to explain why a man with a foot in both camps, so to speak, failed to reach the highest ranks of political influence.

The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the lecture. Please RSVP to etrc@ubishops.ca


Eastern Townships Resource Centre
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, Quebec
J1M 1Z7

Fabian Will, Executive Director
819-822-9600, ext. 2647

Vicky Martineau, Archivist
819-822-9600, ext. 2261

Cheryl Gosselin, JETS Editor-in-Chief
819-822-9600, ext. 2559

Christopher Kirkey, JETS Editor-in-Chief

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