René Lévesque (August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a Minister of the Provincial Government of Quebec from 1960-1966. He is 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 [change]
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.
- "René Lévesque's Separatist Fight". http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/parties_leaders/topics/870/.
- "Timeline: The Parti Quebecois political history". http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1047527227454_117/.
- "Rene Levesque, Separatist Leader And Quebec's Ex-Premier, Is Dead". http://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/02/obituaries/rene-levesque-separatist-leader-and-quebec-s-ex-premier-is-dead.html.