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Jacques Parizeau

GOQ, PhD
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Jacques Parizeau in 2008
26th Premier of Quebec
In office
September 26, 1994 – January 29, 1996
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Martial Asselin
Preceded by Daniel Johnson, Jr.
Succeeded by Lucien Bouchard
Personal details
Born (1930-08-09)August 9, 1930
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died June 1, 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 84)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence Montreal

Jacques Parizeau, GOQ, August 9, 1930 – 1 June 2015 was a Canadian economist and noted Quebec sovereigntist. He was born in Montreal. He was the 26th Premier of the province of Quebec from September 26, 1994, to January 29, 1996.

Early life and career

Parizeau was born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Germaine (née Biron) and Gérard Parizeau, from a family of wealth and privilege. His preferred dress of the three-piece, Savile Row suits, and proper manner of speaking French and English, earned him the nickname "Monsieur".

A believer in economic interventionism, he was one of the most important advisors to the provincial government during the 1960s, playing an important behind-the-scenes role in the Quiet Revolution. He was especially instrumental in the nationalization of Hydro-Québec (a hydro-electric utility) in 1962-1963, the nationalization of the Asbestos Corporation Limited mines in 1982, and worked with Eric Kierans to create the Quebec Pension Plan in 1963-1966.

His wife and former secretary during his premiership, Lisette Lapointe won a seat in the National Assembly as a candidate for the PQ in the provincial riding of Crémazie in the 2007 Quebec general election.

In June 2008, along with the other four living former Premiers of Quebec, Parizeau was named a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec by Premier Jean Charest.

Death

In a social media posting, Parizeau's wife announced his death after five months of hospitalization, on June 1, 2015. He was 84. His state funeral mass was held at Saint-Germain d’Outremont Roman Catholic church, the Parizeau family parish.

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