Joseph Schubert (1889 - 7 March 1952)[1] was a Canadian politician, who served on Montreal City Council from 1924 to 1939.[2] Originally from Romania, Schubert was a prominent labour unionist in the city,[3] and was the only Labour Party representative on Montreal's city council.[2] One of his first prominent actions as a city councillor was a speech protesting police harassment of participants in the city's 1924 May Day parade.[4]

In 1931, he built a public bathhouse at the corner of Bagg and St. Lawrence, which still stands today as the Schubert Bath (official French name: Bain Schubert).[5]

He served for three months as the city's acting mayor, commencing August 29, 1927, under mayor Médéric Martin.[6] (Despite the title "acting mayor", however, he was never the city's official leader; in modern terms, his role would be more accurately understood as that of a deputy mayor or a mayor pro tem.) Until the appointment of Michael Applebaum as interim mayor in 2012, he was the highest ranking Jewish official in the history of Montreal's municipal government.


  1. ^ "Joseph Schubert set a good example". The Gazette. Montreal. 8 March 1952. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Schubert - Residence". Musée interactif du Montréal juif.
  3. ^ Gerald J. J. Tulchinsky, Canada's Jews: A People's Journey. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-8020-9062-1.
  4. ^ "Reds Are Harried by Montreal Police". The Globe and Mail, May 2, 1924.
  5. ^ Anctil, Pierre. "Le bain Schubert et la synagogue Beys Shlomo" (PDF). RALLYE-DECOUVERTE — FRAG SUR LA MAIN (in French). ATSA. pp. 20–25. Retrieved 2009-06-02. 
  6. ^ Jewish Telegraphic Agency (30 August 1927). "Jew Becomes Acting Mayor of Montreal for 3 Months". New York: JTA Jewish News Archive. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-17.