Duplessis, Maurice Le Noblet


Duplessis, Maurice Le Noblet

▪ Canadian politician
born , April 20, 1890, Trois-Rivières, Que., Can.
died Sept. 7, 1959, Schefferville, Que.

      Canadian politician who controlled Quebec's provincial government as its premier from 1936 until his death, except for the war years of 1940–44.

      Educated at Notre Dame and Laval universities in Montreal, Duplessis was admitted to the bar in 1913 and made King's Counsel in 1931. He practiced law in Trois-Rivières and was elected to the Quebec legislature in 1927 as a Conservative. By 1933 he was head of the provincial Conservative Party. Advocating French-Canadian autonomy, he led his followers into a new nationalist party, the Union Nationale, which won the 1936 election. He became premier and attorney general. After questioning Canadian policy before World War II, he lost office in the 1939 election but was reelected in 1944.

      Although Duplessis had campaigned on an anticorruption, anti-big business platform, he quickly established a powerful political machine and made peace with the Canadian and U.S. interests he had denounced. By virtue of his commanding personality and his appeals to provincial interests, he and his Union Nationale swept the elections of 1948, 1952, and 1956. With his death, the Union Nationale went into decline.

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Universalium. 2010.

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