November 15, 1976

The Parti Québécois wins the provincial election with a strong majority

The Parti Québécois advocates independence for Quebec and protection of the French language.

Under the leadership of Premier René Lévesque, Quebec enacted the Charter of the French Language in 1977. The Charter stipulated that French was to be the language of work and public signage. This led to discontent among the province’s English-speaking communities, which felt threatened. A tumultuous period followed, both within Quebec and between Quebec and the rest of Canada.

Source: Duncan Cameron, Library and Archives Canada, Accession number 1976-056 NP, PA-115039