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Olivier-David Benoît (6 February 1837 – 19 February 1897) was a shoemaker by trade and attained importance in history as a trade union leader.

Benoît had his early trade union experience with an American-based group called the Knights of Labor.[1] Expanding from the United States to Canada in the late 19th century, they supported a radical set of social reforms. They were politically active and worked to educate the public with their positions

Olivier-David Benoît was a first generation labour leader who believed in the ideals espoused by the Knights and worked to give working people a societal voice. In a notable case, Benoît appeared before the Royal Commission on the Relations of Capital and Labor in Canada chaired by James Sherrard Armstrong.[2] In that appearance he was to make his case about the conditions faced by workers in the boot and shoe industry.


  1. ^ http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=7502 Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online - Urbain Lafontaine
  2. ^ http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=5346 Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online - James Sherrard Armstrong

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