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René Lévesque was a Québécois politician, journalist, and nationalist who was the premier of the Provincial Government of Quebec from 1976 to 1985.
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Key Facts & Information
Early Life & Education
- Lévesque was born on August 24, 1922 in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.
- He was born to Dominic Lévesque, a lawyer, and Diane Dionne.
- He was raised in the coastal town of New Carlisle, Quebec, on the Gaspé Peninsula.
- At a young age, René became aware of the socioeconomic differences between English Canadians and French Canadians; the former was of a higher class, had bigger homes, and were richer.
- Lévesque’s father introduced him to politics and raised him to be bilingual.
- Lévesque was fluent in English and French.
- Lévesque was 14 years old when his father died.
- His mother remarried shortly thereafter.
- Upon relocating to Québec City, Lévesque alienated himself from his family.
- Lévesque completed his primary education in New Carlisle and his classical education at the Jesuit Collège de Gaspé and the Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier in Quebec City.
- In the fall of 1941, he enrolled in law school at Laval University, but was not able to earn a degree.
Career as a Journalist
- He took up a job in radio journalism in 1938 and worked at CBV, a regional Radio-Canada station in Quebec.
- When the Second World War began, Lévesque wanted to be a war correspondent. However, Radio-Canada refused to send him.
- Still, in 1944, Lévesque found a position as a war correspondent attached to the US Forces.
- As a liaison officer and war correspondent, he joined the US Army in Europe in February 1945.
- He was among the first US war correspondents to see the horrific Dachau concentration camp after its liberation.
- After the war, Lévesque returned to Quebec and became a reporter for the international service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1946.
- In 1952, he became a war correspondent for the CBC in the Korean War.
- Upon his return from Korea, he co-produced the program Carrefour (which means “Crossroads”) on Radio-Canada.
- From 1956 to 1959, he became a famous newsman in Quebec for hosting a popular weekly news program on Radio-Canada called Point de Mire (which means “Focal Point”).
- In 1959, he led a campaign for establishing of a union for the producers of Radio-Canada.
- Because of the campaign, he was arrested during a demonstration, along with union leader Jean Marchand and 24 demonstrators.
- Despite receiving an offer for a journalism career in the United States, Lévesque chose to stay in Canada and continue as a devoted neo-nationalist.
Career in Politics
- In 1960, Lévesque entered politics, joining the Quebec Liberal Party of Jean Lesage.
- After the Quebec Liberal Party defeated the long-established Union Nationale Party in June 1960, Lévesque immediately became one of the prominent figures in Quebec’s Quiet Revolution.
- Quebec’s Quiet Revolution marked a period of radical sociopolitical change in the province.
- From 1960 to 1961, Lévesque served as minister of public works and hydraulic resources.
- He led the campaign which resulted in the nationalization of Quebec’s private hydro-electric companies by 1964.
- Consequently, Hydro-Québec become the biggest and most successful manufacturer and distributor of electricity in North America.
- From 1965 to 1966, the last years of the Lesage government, Lévesque served as minister of family and social welfare.
- More importantly, he became known as the most vocal critic of the existing Canadian constitution.
- He advocated for granting “associate-state” status for Quebec.
- Even for the Liberal Party, Lévesque’s views were becoming too radical.
- In 1966, following the Liberal Party’s defeat, he left and established the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association (MSA) in November 1967.
- In October 1968, the MSA merged with other separatist groups and formed the left-wing party Parti Québéçois.
- Lévesque served as the party’s first president.
- The party did not win the 1970 and 1973 elections, which resulted in Lévesque returning to journalism to a certain extent.
- In 1976, Parti Québéçois won control of the provincial National Assembly.
Premier of Quebec
- On November 25, 1976, he was seated as the premier of Quebec.
- He was reelected premier in April 1981.
- The Parti Québécois government pursued the concept called “sovereignty-association” for Quebec, which would allow Quebec to establish its own laws, independently collect taxes, and expand its international relations.
- The was rejected by 59.6 percent of the Quebec electorate in a popular-referendum vote on May 20, 1980.
- In 1947, he married Louise L’Heureux.
- The couple had two sons and one daughter.
- Lévesque smoked cigarettes for most his life..
- In June 1985, Lévesque resigned from his position as leader of the Parti Québécois and premier of Quebec, mostly because of poor health.
- On November 1, 1987, he died of a heart attack.
- Lévesque remains a nationalistic hero for many Québécois.
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