RenŽ LŽvesque & the Parti QuŽbŽcois in Power

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 434 pages
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Nominated for the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction, René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois in Power has been described as the classic work on one of the most important periods in recent Quebec history. Graham Fraser paints a vivid portrait of one of the most dynamic political figures of the twentieth century, describes the origins of the Parti Québécois, and gives a graphic account of key events that still resonate in Canadian political life: Quebec's language law, the 1980 referendum, and the patriation of the constitution. In a new preface, Fraser completes the story of the last months of the PQ government and the period leading up to Lévesque's death in 1987, detailing how Lévesque's leadership continues to mark his successors.
  

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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
xi
Prologue
xliii
Prelude to Politics
12
Five Three Elections
53
Six Forming a Government
72
Seven Camille Laurin and the Politics of Language
91
Eight Flying High
113
The Politics of Humiliation
134
Nine Mr Ryan Goes to Gilford Street
136
Ten Jacques Parizeau and the Sales Tax War
152
Twelve The Question
190
Thirteen The Divided Elite
208
Acknowledgements
359
Bibliography
412
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About the author (2001)

Graham Fraser is a widely respected journalist who has written in both English and French. Now based in Ottawa as a "Toronto Star" national affairs writer, he has covered politics in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Washington. His books include "P.Q.: René Lé vesque and the Parti Qué bé cois in Power" (nominated for the Governor General’ s Award) and "Playing for Keeps,"

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