Joseph Sasseville Roy

Joseph Sasseville Roy

Joseph Sasseville Roy (August 21 1895—after 1949) was a Quebec businessman and political figure who represented Gaspé in the Canadian House of Commons as an Independent Conservative and then as an Independent member from 1940 to 1945.

A native of Cap-Chat 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. Roy distanced himself from the Conservatives in 1941 after disagreeing with them on the subject of conscription. He was also unsuccessful in his re-election bids to represent the Gaspé constituency in 1945 and again in 1949. 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.


  • Canadian Parliamentary Guide (1944), AL Normandin
  • Histoire de la Gaspésie, J Bélanger, M Desjardin, J Frenette (1981) ISBN 2-89052-040-4

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