Who was the best Premier of Quebec in the last 40 years?

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?  



  1. 1
    SUZANNE Says:

    I can’t come up with one. Every one of them has an overriding flaw.

  2. 2
    jim Says:

    Daniel Johnson Jr. He didn’t have time to do anything period.

  3. 3

    You may be right about Daniel Johnson’s short tenure.

    My own favourite premier was Rene Levesque – friendly. interesting, smart as a whip, no airs and thought outside the box.

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    SUZANNE Says:

    I have to grant, Levesque had no airs. I watched a short segment on him on some Tele-Quebec show. When he was the leader of the PQ, before the first government, he lived in this crappy apartment with a milk crate for a living room table. All the furniture was secondhand. Just lived very simply. He was easy to satirize, too. 😀

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