Harvey, Jean-Charles

Jean-Charles Harvey, journalist, writer, lecturer (b at La Malbaie, Qué 10 Nov 1891; d at Montréal 3 Jan 1967). A lively and outspoken thinker, Harvey was at the heart of almost every cultural, political and social debate of his time. After working as a reporter for La Patrie and La Presse, Harvey took an advertising position with a Montmagny company. The firm's bankruptcy inspired his first novel, Marcel Faure (1922). In Feb 1922 he joined Le Soleil, where in 1927 he became editor in chief. He lost his job when his novel Les Demi-civilisés (1934) was placed on the Roman Catholic index of prohibited books by Cardinal VILLENEUVE on 26 Apr 1934. He continued to publish and founded the weekly Le Jour (1937-46). In 1952 Harvey became a radio news commentator. A year later he moved to Le Petit Journal, where he was technical director (1956-66). He published numerous works, lectured across Canada and gave regular radio broadcasts. Faithful to his principles and with independence of spirit, humanitarian ideals and attachment to nature, Harvey was one of the great French Canadian journalists.