By Brian Stewart
Pierre-Etienne Fortin led a existence and plied a profession on the middle of Canada's early background. He was once an adventurer, an novice scientist, an early (if ambiguous) conservationist and a Conservative flesh presser from 1867 to 1888. He used to be a physician on Grosse-Ile amid the horrors of the 1847 typhus epidemic, led a fixed police troop through the notorious Montreal riots of 1849 and, as commander of the armed schooner los angeles Canadienne, policed the Gulf of St. Lawrence from 1852 to 1867, whilst millions of recent Englanders and Nova Scotians swarmed over the fishing grounds. His legit existence as Justice of the Peace and mid-level bureaucrat usually exemplified tensions of early nationhood: these among elites and colonists; and people bobbing up from the nationalistic impulse to impose legislations and order at the desolate tract. The pursuits, matters and sympathies at paintings on Fortin within the founding interval stay compelling at the present time: task construction as opposed to environmental security, unfastened exchange with the united states, the exploitation of Canadian fisheries, relatives with aboriginal peoples, and the political prestige of Quebec inside confederation.
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The Gazette had not yet finished with Fortin s troop. " On Thursday night after dark, boats were readied at Laprairie to carry the men over the river. " That evening the troop waited at the wharf for the boats. " Then the crowd increased to perhaps one hundred. The force got orders to return to quarters. "As they marched past the scamps on Commissioner street fronting the wharves, they were groaned at most lustily," says the Gazette. " Someone fired back but luckily hit nobody. " More stones and shots followed, with no reports of casualties.
Even here the church did not press the matter, especially if the man were of a higher social class. 44 But Suzanne Bonneau defied adverse public opinion and kept her baby while living with family friends. 45 She would be about forty. Suzanne, the daughter, went to live with her father. 46 In the parish of Laprairie de la Magdalen on 1 February 1877, Suzanne-Marie Fortin married Joseph-Frangois-Xavier Bisaillon, a lawyer of Montreal. "47 Suzanne and her husband had three children. -J. Beique, of Ville La Salle.
A Life on the Line: Commander Pierre-Etienne Fortin and His Times by Brian Stewart