Gérald Godin

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Gérald Godin (November 13, 1938 October 12, 1994) was a Quebec poet and politician.


Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, he worked as a journalist at La Presse and other newspapers and magazines. His most important poetry collection, Les cantouques: poèmes en langue verte, populaire et quelquefois française, was published in 1967. He was among those arrested under the War Measures Act during the October Crisis in 1970.

In the 1976 Quebec provincial election, he won a seat as a candidate for the Parti Québécois, heavily defeating incumbent Premier Robert Bourassa in his own riding of Mercier. He served in various cabinet posts in the governments of René Lévesque and Pierre-Marc Johnson. His life companion was the Québécois singer Pauline Julien.

As a poet, he won the Prix Québec-Paris for his 1987 work Ils ne demandaient qu'à brûler.

Godin died from brain cancer in October 1994. [1]

Places named for him

The area surrounding the Mont-Royal metro station has been named Place Gérald-Godin in his honour. One of his poems, Tango de Montréal, is displayed as a mural overlooking the square. [2]

The Cégep Gérald-Godin (college) in Sainte-Geneviève, Montreal is named for him.

See also

Electoral record

1989 Quebec general election : Mercier
Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 13,37157.15+10.04
Liberal Daniel Gagnon7,11730.42−12.39
Green Manon Dubé1,9618.38+6.67
New Democratic Robert Saint-Louis5672.42−2.27
Workers Philippe Pouyer1680.72+0.60
Marxist–Leninist Arnold August1080.46
Socialist Movement Gérard Talbot1060.45
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
1985 Quebec general election : Mercier
Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 12,06247.11−7.42
Liberal John Parisella10,96042.81+1.43
New Democratic Roger Couvrette1,2004.69
Green Yves Blanchette4371.71
Humanist Colette Renaud3481.36
Parti indépendantiste Denis Bourgeois3191.24
Independent Gilles Côté970.38−0.02
Commonwealth of Canada Elena Mendez750.29
Communist Gaetan Trudel730.29
No designationPhilippe Pouyer310.12
Total valid votes25,602
Rejected and declined votes451
Turnout26,053 71.12
Electors on the lists36,635
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
1981 Quebec general election : Mercier
Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 16,25254.53+3.15
Liberal Yves Bériault12,33341.38+4.27
Union Nationale Roger Courtemanche4951.66−5.89
Workers Communist Roger Rashi2500.84-
Marxist–Leninist Jacques Côté1250.42-
United Social Credit Gilles Côté1180.40−2.07
  Independent Richard Langlois1160.39
  Workers Gérard Lachance1150.38
Total valid votes29,804100,00
Total rejected ballots4891,61
Eligible voters37,904
Parti Québécois hold Swing −0.56
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
1976 Quebec general election : Mercier
Parti Québécois Gérald Godin 13,45051.38+9.57
Liberal Robert Bourassa (incumbent)9,71437.11−15.76
Union Nationale Giuseppe Anzini1,9757.55+5.97
Ralliement créditiste Robert Roy6472.47−0.64
  NDP - RMS coalitionHenri-François Gautrin1390.53-
Communist Guy Desautels1160.44-
  Workers Gaston Morin770.30-
 No designationLouise Ouimet580.22-
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Parti Québécois gain from Liberal Swing +12.67

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  2. "Tango de Montréal". Art Public Montréal. Retrieved 2021-05-23.