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René Lévesque

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23rd Premier of Quebec
In office
November 25, 1976 – October 3, 1985
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Hugues Lapointe
Jean-Pierre Côté
Gilles Lamontagne
Preceded by Robert Bourassa
Succeeded by Pierre-Marc Johnson
Leader of the Parti Québécois
In office
October 14, 1968 – September 29, 1985
Preceded by none
Succeeded by Pierre-Marc Johnson
Member of the
National Assembly of Québec
In office
June 22, 1960 – April 29, 1970
Preceded by Arsène Gagné
Succeeded by André Marchand
Constituency Montréal-Laurier (1960–66)
Laurier (1966–70)
In office
November 15, 1976 – December 2, 1985
Preceded by Guy Leduc
Succeeded by Claude Filion
Constituency Taillon
Personal details
Born (1922-08-24)August 24, 1922
Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada
Died November 1, 1987(1987-11-01) (aged 65)
Nuns' Island, Quebec
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality Canadian
Political party Parti Québécois (after 1968)
Independent (1967–1968)
Liberal (1960–1967)
Spouse(s) Louise L'Heureux 1947–1977 (1921-2012)
Corinne Côté 1979–1987 (1943-2005)
Profession Journalist
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1944–45
Rank Liaison officer
Battles/wars World War II

René Lévesque (August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a Minister of the Provincial Government of Quebec from 1960-1966. He was born in New Brunswick and raised in Quebec. He was the founder of the Parti Québécois. The Parti Québécois have twice tried to get Quebec to leave Canada and become a separate country.


Lévesque was a member of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1960 until 1967. He had the position of Minister of Natural Resources.

Parti Québécois

The goal of the Parti was to give Quebec its own Sovereignty, or to make it a separate country outside of Canada. The Parti Québécois won the 1976 Quebec provincial election. Soon after coming to power, Bill 101 was made a law. This law says that French is the only official language of Quebec. At this time, Canada had two official languages; English and French. In 1980 a vote was held. This vote was a referendum where the citizens of Quebec were asked if they wish to leave Canada and become a new country. 60% of the voters wanted to stay in Canada.


For most of his life, René smoked cigarettes. On November 1, 1987 he started having chest pains. He died of a heart attack later that day while in hospital in Quebec.

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