In 1960, on this day Liberal Party candidates Pierre Trudeau and René Lévesque (pictured) were both elected members of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, Canada in the provincial general election.
Trudeaumania Lite, ReduxDuring the previous twelve months, the political atmosphere had been transformed by the death of Maurice Duplessis, the controversial premier of Quebec from 1936 to 1939 and 1944 to 1959. And then his successor Paul Sauvé died after only three months in office. The result was one of the most significant elections in Quebec history, in which the incumbent Union Nationale, led by Antonio Barrette, was defeated by the Quebec Liberal Party, led by Jean Lesage.
The pace of change accelerated over the next two decades. And Trudeau and Lévesque both emerged as potential candidates for Québécois President. Due to his charisma, and modern-outlook, Trudeau would be the beneficiary of the referendum, greeting the razor-thin victory with the memorable phrase "Welcome to the Eighties!".