René Lévesque

1922 - 1987

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René Lévesque ([ʁœne leˈvaɪ̯k] (listen); August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a Canadian politician and journalist who served as the 23rd premier of Quebec from 1976 to 1985. He was the first Québécois political leader since Confederation to attempt, through a referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec. Starting his career as a reporter, and radio and television host, he later became known for his eminent role in Quebec's nationalization of hydro, and as an ardent defender of Quebec sovereignty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Lévesque has received more than 488,146 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). René Lévesque is the 9,866th most popular politician (down from 9,545th in 2019), the 184th most popular biography from Canada (down from 159th in 2019) and the 15th most popular Canadian Politician.

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Among politicians, René Lévesque ranks 9,866 out of 15,710Before him are Lucius Cassius Longinus, Dean Barrow, Mátyás Szűrös, Tosiwo Nakayama, Arthur Griffith, and Wu Bangguo. After him are Abas I of Armenia, Károly Huszár, Dirk VI, Count of Holland, Petar Stoyanov, Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg, and Raúl Alberto Lastiri.

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Among people born in 1922, René Lévesque ranks 202Before him are Carlo Lizzani, Hilarion Capucci, Steven Hill, Władysław Bartoszewski, Hal Clement, and Saad el-Shazly. After him are Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, Eusebio Tejera, Yuri Knorozov, John Christopher, Jock Stein, and Juan Carlos Lorenzo. Among people deceased in 1987, René Lévesque ranks 111Before him are Edgar P. Jacobs, Alfredo Oscar Saint Jean, Bronisława Wajs, Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, James Tiptree Jr., and Adile Naşit. After him are Vicente Calderón, Rashid Karami, Conny Plank, Kishore Kumar, Woody Herman, and Patrick Troughton.

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Among people born in Canada, René Lévesque ranks 184 out of 1,130Before him are Diana Krall (1964), Louis Jolliet (1645), August Schellenberg (1936), Elisha Cuthbert (1982), David Shore (1959), and Jordan Peterson (1962). After him are Naomi Klein (1970), Elliot Page (1987), Ethel Smith (1907), Florence Lawrence (1886), Peter North (1957), and Hayden Christensen (1981).


Among politicians born in Canada, René Lévesque ranks 15Before him are Bonar Law (1858), Louis Riel (1844), David Johnston (1941), Julie Payette (1963), Stephen Harper (1959), and Brian Mulroney (1939). After him are Jean Béliveau (1931), Louis St. Laurent (1882), John Diefenbaker (1895), Joe Clark (1939), Robert Borden (1854), and Terry Sawchuk (1929).