On June 22, Premier Jean Charest officially launched a series of activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Quiet Revolution, the historical period from 1960 to 1970 during which Québec created a number of its key institutions and rose to the status of a modern state.
On June 22 fifty years earlier, the election of a government led by Jean Lesage marked the start of the Quiet Revolution, a decade of profound change for Québec.
“We gave the name ‘Quiet Revolution’ to this period of effervescence in order to mark the pressing changes that had recently overturned the established order, peacefully, in Quebecers’ way,” said Premier Charest. “The period was one of rapid modernization of our political and democratic institutions. We saw education and social security become accessible to all, while our researchers and entrepreneurs developed world-class expertise. Suddenly, the context became highly fertile for our creators. Our poets, writers, filmmakers and artists in all fields made a name for themselves at home and internationally.”
The Premier has assigned the responsibility for commemorating the Quiet Revolution to Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women. He kicked off the festivities by taking part in a ceremony at the Manic-2 hydroelectric complex, close to Baie-Comeau. The Manic-2 and Manic-3 generating stations have been officially renamed in honour of Jean Lesage and René Lévesque, two of the prime movers behind the Quiet Revolution and, more specifically, the nationalization of Québec’s electricity sector.
Starting today, Internet users are invited to discover or rediscover this vibrant period in Québec’s development by visiting a website dedicated to the Quiet Revolution (RevolutionTranquille.gouv.qc.ca). It outlines the main facts, actions and government decisions that marked the decade from 1960 to 1970, and describes the people who were behind these changes. The key events of the decade are grouped together under five themes: transformation and role of the state, modernization of the education system, transformation of the social system, promotion of culture and language, and creation of a modern economy.
Quiet Revolution website (in French)