The Rodier family fur business, a success story of the 1800’s turns into a 2014 horror story
Who is Jean-Luc Rodier of St-Jude and why is the wildlife ministry of Quebec refusing to enforce the law against his St-Jude fur farm?
Animal cruelty was reported by the CSPCA, the criminal courts and the ministry of wildlife are turning their backs on this case.
Why is equality of the law not respected?
Here is the short answer, Jean-Luc Rodier comes from a long lineage of fur traders. C.S. Rodier in 1860 met Prince Albert (Prince of Wales) while he was the mayor of Montreal. C.S. Rodier was cousins with E-E Rodier of the fur empire.
Perhaps the Crown (who is now but only a public prosecutor) wants to avoid a rebellion. Jean-Luc Rodier comes from the Edouard-Etienne Rodier family tree.
E-E Rodier was part of the “sons of liberty” in the 1830’s who in turn “revolted” against the Queen of England, they wanted a “Free Quebec”, free from the British Empire that is…
The Rodier family arrived in St-Jude during the 1920’s.
Some of my research concerning the Rodiers can be found below.
Albert Rodier was the son of Andre and Rosaldé Chabot who married Aurore Dupuis in 1920 in St Hugues. I won’t be adding the missing bits as I have no desire to facilitate the Rodier family from connecting the dots they don’t already have… But here is something interesting, a marriage was annulled in 1878 in Ste Pie Bagot for having a 4th degree of inbreeding. The Roy and Rodier family tree interconnect as far back as the 1800’s. It may even go as far as les filles du roi; filles du roy :D – “The king’s daughters” (1660’s). Jean-Luc Rodier (in 2014) is still married to a Roy…
Have you ever wonder why the USA requires a blood test before marriage and not in Quebec? 30% of the Quebec population has family connection down the line… It’s also why women in Quebec can no longer carry their husband’s name, it has nothing to do with protecting the French language… It all has to do with keeping things simple for historians who in turn may need to confirm or deny inbreeding.
So is the government protecting someone based on their family tree (once again!)?
Édouard-Étienne Rodier appartient à une famille de la petite bourgeoisie urbaine, besogneuse, parcimonieuse, mais sans fortune et sans instruction. Son père est un ancien voyageur qui a réussi à amasser un peu d’argent dans le commerce des fourrures. Après 1800, il s’est lancé dans le commerce de détail et a installé dans le faubourg Saint-Joseph, à Montréal, un magasin de marchandises sèches et de fourrures.
HON. CHARLES SERAPHIN RODIER.
Along the path of broad usefulness and activity Hon. Charles Seraphin
Rodier advanced to prominence and success. He was a pioneer contractor,
lumber merchant and manufacturer of Montreal and eventually came to figure
prominently in tinancial circles. He was born in this city, October 14, 1818,
and his life record spans seventy-two years, drawing to its close on the 26th
of January, 1890. His grandfather was a physician in the French army and
leaving Paris came to Canada, settling in Montreal in the middle of the eigh-
teenth century. His father was Jean liaptiste Rodier, who married Miss Mon-
treuil, daughter of a well known navigator who commanded vessels sailing from
The group met weekly, sometimes parading in the streets of Montréal complete with music, 500 to 600 strong, wearing “d’étoffe du pays,” costumes, from head to foot, sewn from locally made fabrics and material. The Québec Mercury reported in August of 1837: Mr. Rodier’s dress excited the greatest attention, being unique, with the exception of a pair of Berlin gloves, viz: frock coat of granite colored étoffe du pays; inexpressibles and vest of the same material, striped blue and white; straw hat and cow leather shoes, with a pair of home-made socks, completed the outré attire. Mr. Rodier, it was remarked, had no shirt on, having doubtless been unable to smuggle or manufacture one. 63 Quoted in Demers, Histoire, p. 117. 4L.-O. David, Les Patriotes de 1837-1838, Montréal: Librairie Beauchemin Limitée, 1937 re-edition of 1884. The editors in a foreword indicate that they do not wish to criticize the clergy that opposed the rebellion in 1837, but to “inspire the young to a profound love of their country and to put before their eyes a living lesson of patriotism.” “Fils de La Liberté” translates as Sons of Liberty, an echo of the 18th century American Revolution.
The only store in the area for many years was the Hudson’s Bay Company on Lot 6 in Camperville, but it was sold to Magloire de Laronde in 1908. In 1912 he employed a French-Canadian from Quebec named Rodier to help with the Duck Bay seasonal trade and to work at other times at Camperville. Eventually Rodier bought the business and continued merchandising in this manner. In 1910 another merchant, J. Desrocher, formerly a teacher at Waterhen and Meadow Portage, started a store in opposition to the Rodier Brothers, on adjoining Lot 5 in Camperville. In 1918 the store of J. Desrocher came under the management of another French-Canadian, Joseph Barnabe from St. Jean Baptiste, near Winnipeg. These merchants dealt in furs, fish, berries and seneca roots, in exchange for tools, clothing and other things that had become necessities to the Indian people by this time. Until 1915 there was no permanent merchant at Duck Bay.
Perhaps the CSPCA should learn to know it’s enemy before attacking without a plan :D We can hear the CSPCA lawyer Sophie Gaillard be interviewed and wondering what went wrong. Perhaps they knew! especially since they also protect their own friends. Who turned on who? It’s a shame the CSPCA forgot it’s own history, their President (at the time) Mr H-M. Molson rode with Mr C.S. Rodier in the Montreal Cavalry…
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Désolé Mais ya pas juste du consanguins dans la population du Québec attention a tes mots je ne dis pas qu’il en n’a pas eux cependant:(