Ah Jacques, King Louis XIV was the French government and he approved it!<quoted text>
Three things, Rogu :
2. There was never official govt-approved slavery in Canada. There was no govt when the the French and then Brits brought a handful of slaves to what was then known 'La Nouvelle France" under French rule and thence a British colony which became upper and lower Canada. No Cdn govt ever sanctioned slavery, but yes, the Amerindians had slaves when the white man landed. What there was of slavery was abolished by the Brits in 1833, I believe, fully 30 yrs + before the emancipation declaration. Did you even read what I cited for you?;
From Wiki: Under French rule
Main article: Slavery in New France
By 1688, New France's population was 11,562 people, made up primarily of fur traders, missionaries, and farmers settled along the St. Lawrence Valley. To help overcome its severe shortage of servants and labourers, King Louis XIV granted New France's petition to import black slaves from West Africa. While slavery was prohibited in France, it was permitted in its colonies as a means of providing the massive labour force needed to clear land, construct buildings and (in the Caribbean colonies) work sugar plantation.