Picture Gallery of Quebec History
23 August 2000
Denunciation of "Duplessisme" by Abbés Gérard Dion and Louis O'Neill 
Father Gérard Dion
was the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations of Université Laval at the time of the publication of the manifesto entitled L'Immoralité Politique
dans la Province de Québec. He had entered the University as a professor at the
Faculty of Social Sciences in 1943. In the 1950's, he was also closely associated
with the Confédération des travailleurs catholiques du Canada, the prominent Catholic
trade union of Quebec [CTCC].
co-writer of the manifesto was Louis O'Neill. In 1956, he was a professor of philosophy
and social ethic at the Séminaire de Québec. He wrote extensively on social issues
throughout his career. Among his writings were two books he co-authored with Gérard
Dion: Le Chrétien et les élections  and Le Chrétien en démocratie . In the 1970's, he left the priesthood and was elected to the National
Assembly for the Parti Québécois.
denunciation of political corruption in Quebec in general, and of "duplessisme"
in particular, by the two priests, in 1956, had a tremendous impact. When published
as a pamphlet by the Ligue de la Moralité publique [public morality league] it
sold over 100,000 copies. Several daily newspapers reproduced the document as
well. It also received wide editorial commentaries and support. It served to further
distance the Roman Catholic Church from the Duplessis regime and to anchor it
solidly on the side of the progressive forces in Quebec that were hard at work
in trying to change conditions in the province.
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