Timeline of Quebec history (1931–59)

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This section of the Timeline of Quebec history concerns the events relating to the province of Quebec, Canada between the Westminster statute and the "Quiet Revolution."





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1944 Quebec general election

The 1944 Quebec general election was held on August 8, 1944 to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Quebec, Canada. The Union Nationale, led by former premier Maurice Duplessis, defeated the incumbent Quebec Liberal Party, led by Adélard Godbout. This was the first Quebec provincial election in which women were allowed to vote, having been granted suffrage at the provincial level in 1940 and at the federal level in 1919.

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Paul Gouin

Paul Gouin was a politician in Quebec, Canada, was the son of Lomer Gouin and the grandson of Honoré Mercier.

1958 Canadian federal election

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The Conservative Party of Quebec was a political party in Quebec, Canada, from 1867 until 1936, when it merged with members of the Action libérale nationale to form the Union Nationale.

Ernest Lapointe

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Union Nationale (Quebec)

The Union nationale was a conservative and nationalist provincial political party in Quebec, Canada, that identified with Québécois autonomism. It was created during the Great Depression and held power in Quebec from 1936 to 1939, and from 1944 to 1960 and from 1966 to 1970. The party was founded by Maurice Duplessis, who led it until his death in 1959.

The 22nd Legislative Assembly of Quebec was the Quebec, Canada provincial legislature that existed from August 8, 1944, to July 28, 1948. The Union Nationale led by Maurice Duplessis returned to power after defeating the Quebec Liberal Party led by Adélard Godbout who defeated the Union Nationale in the 1939 elections. It was the first of four consecutive terms by the UN until 1960.

The 20th Legislative Assembly of Quebec was the provincial legislature in Quebec, Canada that existed from August 17, 1936, to October 25, 1939. The Union Nationale led by Maurice Duplessis was the governing party for the first time ever.

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Oscar Drouin

Oscar Drouin was a politician in Quebec, Canada.

René Chaloult

René Chaloult was a nationalist politician in Quebec, Canada.

Hector Choquette was a Canadian politician and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec (MLA).

Andrew Ross McMaster

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The Grande Noirceur refers to the regime of conservative policies undertaken by the government of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis from 1936 to 1939 and from 1944 to 1959.


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Preceded by
1900 to 1930
Timeline of Quebec history
1931 to 1959
Succeeded by
1960 to 1981