Canadian Politics: René Lévesque

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The years following the Second World War were bleak in regards to Canada's future as a country, with the public and politicians alike set against each other, but soon a Québec man by the name of René Lévesque entered journalism, and then politics, voicing his views for all to hear, with great success and vigour. Though obstacles presented themselves often in his life, he changed the views of Québec, Canada and the world as a whole. René Lévesque was a passionate and charismatic politician who greatly contributed to post-war Québec and even today through his beliefs in separatism, founding the Parti Québecois and passing Bill 101. Born August 24th, 1922, René Lévesque grew up in a small costal town by the name of New Carlisle, where he…show more content…
Surprisingly, in 1976, the Parti Québecois won the provincial election with 71 seats (The Canadian Encyclopedia)! Only three years after reaching the worst point in the history of the party and René Lévesque's career, he turned around his party's political disaster, which was an amazing turn around. This resulted in Parti Quebecois' first term, in which Bill 101 was suggested and passed in Canada. Introduced in 1977, Bill 101 was suggested, a law which “which formalized the status of French as the official language of Québec, [...] excluded English from the provincial legislature and courts” and restricted English schools to anyone other than families had attended English schools in Québec. French schooling became mandatory for English-speaking immigrants, even Canadians from other provinces (The Canadian Encyclopedia). Despite overwhelming public support, still many Canadians were against the passing of the new bill, and even after its passing as an official law of Québec, courts would declare many of the laws “contrary to the Constitution”. Later, in 1979, René tried to uphold his party's goals and suggested an independent Québec that was still tied to Canada economically, but followed none of Canada's national laws. A referendum was set for May 20th, 1980, but the sovereignists only gained forty percent of the vote (The Canadian Encyclopedia). Despite
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