Talk: A forgotten page of Mile End Jewish history: the election of 1934 in Laurier Ward

Talk by Yves Desjardins

Salle d’attente de la clinique Seigler (Laurier), 1933. AVM, VM94-Z97

Waiting room of the Seigler (Laurier) Clinic, 1933.
AVM, VM94-Z97

Spring 1934. The Great Depression of the 1930s is at its worst. Camillien Houde is about to take back the mayoralty of Montreal. His supporters and opponents combat fiercely in the city’s districts.

One of them is exceptional: Laurier Ward, i.e., the southern part of today’s Mile End. A “national unity” candidate, Omer Langlois, is running against the incumbent Jewish councillor, Max Seigler. The campaign is impassionned and violent. A recently opened municipal medical clinic (corner of Mont-Royal and Henri-Julien, now occupied by Jeunesses musicales du Canada) is the focal point of the storm.

Yves Desjardins is an urban history researcher and a member of the board of Mile End Memories.

  • Sunday 10 April 20162:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Mordecai-Richler Library – Mile End District, 5434 avenue du Parc, Montréal (south of Saint-Viateur – 80 bus) – in the upstairs meeting room
  • Free, no reservation required
  • Presentation in French, discussion in English and in French
Meurling Refuge, 1933. / AVM, VM94-Z35

Meurling Refuge, 1933. / AVM, VM94-Z35