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Quebec/Alberta Political Timeline
Plains of Abraham
1936-39 and 1944-59
Maurice Duplessis and the Union Nationale assume power ("The Great Darkness")
Defeat of the Union Nationale and the death of Duplessis (beginning of the Quiet Revolution led by Jean Lesage)
Rene Levesque creates the Parti Quebecois
FLQ Crisis (suspension of War Measures Act by PM Trudeau)
PQ is elected (induction of Bill 101)
Constitution Act is signed (Quebec refuses to grant signature)
Brian Mulroney becomes PM of Canada
Meech Lake Accord
Creation of the Bloc Quebecois by former PC member, Lucien Bouchard
First referendum on Quebec's sovereignty association (60% oppose)
Second referendum on Quebec separatism (50.2% oppose)
Creation of the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ)
Trudeau creates NEP/FIRA/Petro Canada (alienation of Westerners)
Creation of the Reform Party of Canada (founded by Preston Manning)
Merger between Canadian Alliance (successor to Reform Party) and Progressive Conservatives to create the Conservative Party of Canada
PM Harper recognizes Quebec as "a nation within a united Canada"