Did you know that…

Did you know that…

18 November 2016 0 By Florian Proulx

L’abbé Proulx est un descendant de Jean & Jacquette Fournier | Photo: Le placoteux.com

There is a Maurice-Proulx street in Quebec City. This name recalls the abbot Maurice Proulx (1902-1988), a Catholic priest, an agronomist and one of the pioneers of documentary cinema in Quebec. This son of a farmer in the Montmagny region was ordained a priest at the age of 26 in 1928. He continued his studies in the United States and received a doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University, New York, in 1933.

This descendant of Jean & Jacquette Fournier, Abbé Proulx, as we like to name him, firmly believes in the tremendous pedagogical potential of the documentary film for agricultural teaching and extension in Quebec. For that reason, while he is a teacher in agronomy at the Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière School of Agriculture, the Society of Colonization of the Diocese of Quebec offers him to make images of the colony of Roquemaure, Abitibi region in Quebec, which he will do for three years.

The main themes of his films are the technical and scientific progress of the agricultural and rural society of the years 1930-1950. Farms, then, begin to be fewer, but larger, and agricultural workers are decreasing. The concentration of agricultural production is therefore necessary. From 1944, he became the favorite filmmaker of Quebec premier Maurice Duplessis. The filmography of Maurice Proulx includes a total of 51 documentaries, as well as some unreleased little films, but which have never been distributed commercially.

Source: Commission de toponymie Québec

There is also a Maurice-Proulx Road in Kamouraska. This road having been built on the lands belonging to him.

Source: Commission de toponymie Québec