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Editor says, what if Rene Levesque and Pierre Trudeau had both run as Liberals under Lesage in 1960? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread.
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!".
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