Educated at the Seminary of Quebec; studied law, and appointed advocate, 1790. Elected for Northumberland to the first Legislature of Lower Canada, 1792. In 1806, with a number of other French Canadians in the Assembly, founded Le Canadien, to represent the views of the popular party. Sir James Craig, the governor, considered him a dangerons revolutionist. In 1810 the paper was seized, and, although he claimed liberty of the press, Bedard and his associates were arrested on a charge of treasonable practices. Released the following year. In 1812 appointed judge of the District Court of Three Rivers. Retired in 1829 on account of ill health. Bih.: Parent, Pserre Bedard et Ses Deux Fils in Journal d'Instruction Publique, 1859; Christie, History of Lower Canada; De Gaspe, Mernoires; Dionne, Pierre Bedard et Ses Fils; Dianne, Pierra Bedard et Son Temps (R. S. C., 1898).
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.