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René Lévesque

Québécois politician and journalist

1922   -   1987

country of citizenship: Canada
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Faculté de droit de l'université Laval, Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier
occupation: politician, journalist, author
award received: Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec, Medal of the City of Paris, Canadian Newsmaker of the Year, Olivar-Asselin Award
position held: Premier of Quebec, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec

René Lévesque (Canadian French pronunciation: [ʁœne leˈvaɪ̯k] (listen); August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a Canadian politician and journalist who served as the 23rd premier of Quebec from 1976 to 1985. He was the first Québécois political leader since Confederation to attempt, through a referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec. Starting his career as a reporter, and radio and television host, he later became known for his eminent role in Quebec's nationalization of hydro, and as an ardent defender of Quebec sovereignty. He was the founder of the Parti Québécois, and before that, a Liberal minister in the Lesage government from 1960 to 1966.
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