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René Lévesque

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René Lévesque

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.[1]

Politics[change | change source]

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 ==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.[2]

Death[change | change source]

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.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "René Lévesque's Separatist Fight".
  2. "Timeline: The Parti Quebecois political history". Archived from the original on 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  3. "Rene Levesque, Separatist Leader And Quebec's Ex-Premier, Is Dead". The New York Times.