On August 24, 1922 the lives of Diane and Dominique Levesque had changed forever, giving birth to the founder of the Parti Quebecois, a reporter and a minister of the government of
Quebec, Rene Levesque was a man of great tact and strong capability to defend his ideal morals and beliefs. He was a man who showed great integrity, perseverance, and leadership to those around him. He has marked history for certain people and has lead Quebec to become as modern and as open to the world as it is today. Having enrolled at Garnier College in 1938, Levesque worked for the paper. One of his very first articles titled, L’esprit sportive dans la vie, explaining
“misplaced idealism can be just as dangerous as none at all” (Provencher, 1975). He went on by expressing himself through a quote from Emilie Maussat, “The religion of fighting without hatred, losing without bitterness and winning without pride”, which to him meant you must fight to live and you cannot be prepared to fight well unless you are practical, sensible and see things as they are. These few lines which were written at the age of only sixteen state Rene’s philosophy of life and ironically his future leadership towards the Parti Quebecois. Levesque later on sums up the philosophy of life and relates it back to the French-Canadian community, “If you have higher goals than your own personal success, do not forget that you are French
Canadian, that you people have been mired in lassitude for generations and that if the masses do not act, this nation — your nation — is lost!” Rene’s intentions for dropping out of his law studies, got him involved in being apart of the Second World War through the medium of radio.
He was intelligent, insightful and humorous. Soon enough Levesque went to the liberals
becoming one of their provincial members. He helped to modernize Quebec, to encourage it’s language of the French speaking and helped all influence resources. The liberals were defeated and critically, Levesque quit the Liberals and became leader of the Parti Quebecois.“From 102 members, down to 26 for the Liberals, Henri Bourassa thought he would catch the other parties unprepared or, at the very least, stop their momentum”, (Dupont, 1977). “The name chosen for the party was, according to Levesque, ‘a very appealing name, perhaps too appealing’ — Parti
Quebecois” (Provencher, 1975). Levesque made himself crystal clear to the media, telling the
Anglophone’s that he would not disagree if Quebec were to separate. “Quebec will become independent” (Provencher, 1975). Winning 12 more seats than in 1960, “no Quebec government ever innovated so much in such a short time” (Provencher, 1986). Rene Levesque marked
Quebec as a great authority figure, and a high superior role model. He was a nationalist and separatist of his time. However, his provoking want and insistence on breaking up Quebec from
Canada is what made him a leader to the Francophones but a hated man to the English
Canadians, in Quebec. Not only did Levesque refuse to support the Constitution of 1982, he was a founder of an energy powerhouse which now became Hydro-Quebec. He is a highly intelligent francophone man who provided us with electricity, which is an important feature and resource for Quebec and makes him pertinent to our society. It is the most extensive supply of pristine energy on the continent. Although, I am against his want and desire for Quebec’s separation.
There are of course few people who are not informed about the Canadian history behind Rene
Levesque. Although, majority of people have an understanding on Rene Levesque and what he fought for. He grasped the attention of many people and never gave up on his campaign. He marked Quebec, and left his name as a very well known basis. He had different ideologies on the
political field of Quebec, some which not everyone may agree with. Especially, the Anglophones of Quebec. Last year, taking control of the Parti Quebecois, Pauline Marois was