Today is the teneth anniversary of the dealth of Robert Bourassa. I knew Bourassa reasonably well. He was the only politician who wrote to wish mewell when I retired from doing a radio talk show. He was an affable approachable man, a little stiff when discussing controversial policies like language. He was enormously proud of his children especially Francois who turned out to be an accomplished musician. Probably Bourassa’s most cont;roversial piece of legislation was bill 22 to protect the French language and his use of the notwithstanding clause to keep it intact from court decisions.
This anniversary of Bourass’s death got me to thinking about other Quebec premiers since Bourassa first took office in 1970. He was followed by Rene Levesque, Pierre Marc Johnson, Bourassa again, Jacques Parizeau, Bernard Landry and Jean Charest. Who was your favourite?