Claude Morin (PQ politician)

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Claude Morin (born May 16, 1929) is a former politician from Quebec, Canada and was the Parti Québécois Member of the National Assembly for the electoral district of Louis-Hébert, from 1976 to 1981. He became embroiled in controversy in 1992 when the affaire Morin came to light.

Quebec Province of Canada

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Parti Québécois Sovereignist political party in Quebec, Canada

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Born in Montmorency, Quebec, Morin received a bachelor's degree from Université Laval. He went to Columbia University in New York City where he took a master's degree in social welfare. He worked as a professor at the École nationale d'administration publique. He was an economic adviser to the Quebec cabinet from 1961 to 1965, and deputy minister of federal-provincial affairs from 1963 to 1967, and deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs from 1967 to 1971.

Université Laval university in Quebec, Canada

Université Laval is a French-language, public research university in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The University was founded by royal charter issued by Queen Victoria in 1852, with roots in the founding of the Séminaire de Québec in 1663 by François de Montmorency-Laval, making it the oldest centre of higher education in Canada and the first North American institution to offer higher education in French. The university, whose campus was erected from the 1950s onward in the suburban borough of Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge, is ranked among the top 10 Canadian universities in terms of research funding and holds 4 Canada Excellence Research Chairs.

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He first ran unsuccessfully in the 1973 Quebec general election, but was elected in 1976 and served as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the cabinet of Premier René Lévesque. He was re-elected in 1981, however he resigned as MNA on December 29, 1981 and left his position as minister on January 8, 1982.

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René Lévesque Quebec politician

René Lévesque was a reporter, a minister of the government of Quebec (1960–1966), the founder of the Parti Québécois political party and the 23rd Premier of Quebec. He was the first Quebec political leader since Confederation to attempt, through a referendum, to negotiate the political independence of Quebec.

In 1992, it was revealed by reporter Normand Lester that Morin had been on the payroll of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) from 1974 to 1977 as a sort of "mole" within the PQ. [1]

Normand Lester Canadian journalist

Normand Lester is an investigative journalist from Quebec. Though he built his reputation through investigations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Forces, he is best known for the controversy created in Canada after the publication of his book Le Livre noir du Canada anglais in 2005.

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In espionage jargon, a mole is a long-term spy who is recruited before having access to secret intelligence, subsequently managing to get into the target organization. However, it is popularly used to mean any long-term clandestine spy or informant within an organization, government or private. In police work, a mole is an undercover law-enforcement agent who joins an organization in order to collect incriminating evidence about its operations and so bring its members to justice.

He wrote the "political autobiography" Les Choses comme elles étaient in 1994, and L'affaire Morin : légendes, sottises et calomnies in 2006.

He was the nephew of Joseph-Octave Morin, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec.

The Legislative Assembly of Quebec was the name of the lower house of Quebec's legislature until December 31, 1968, when it was renamed the National Assembly of Quebec. At the same time, the upper house of the legislature, the Legislative Council, was abolished. Both were initially created by the Constitutional Act of 1791.

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References

  1. "Une taupe au PQ : l'affaire Morin". Radio-Canada (in French). May 8, 1992. Retrieved February 22, 2012.