Former Quebec separatist leader Jacques Parizeau dies at 84

Newspaper collage from the 1995 referendum on Quebec independence.

Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau, a separatist who nearly succeeded in turning the French-speaking Canadian province into an independent country, has died. He was 84.

Parizeau’s wife, Lisette Lapointe, announced his death late Monday on social media.

Parizeau’s Parti Quebecois won the 1994 provincial election after promising to hold a referendum on separation from Canada within a year.

But on referendum day, the separatist message fell just short of convincing a majority of Quebec people, who rejected independence for the second time in 15 years.

  • Jay Currie

    A smart, able and combative man. And, having had a few, a truthful one as well. he came awfully close…except for those damned ethnics.

    • It was close.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      He should have been a villain on Scooby Doo.

      • Miss Trixie


    • Everyone Else

      Parizeau whining about the ethnics …

      Meanwhile I personally saw him sitting alone in the Hematology Department of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. I mentioned this to a nurse, and she told me that it frustrated all of them that they had to respect his privacy while he was getting his medical treatment from the “ethnics”.

      • Canadian

        And had married a Polish woman, and studied in England…..

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Yes, I always loved his English accent.

          • Canadian

            Especially when he was drunk, which was most of he time.

  • The Butterfly

    The abortions that socialist loved so much killed the independent Quebec he dreamed of.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m gonna keep catching that butterfly in that dream of mine.

  • Al_the_Fish

    Excuse me while I dry my tears on my little “red rag.” /sarc off

  • Clausewitz

    One less Quebec traitor to Canada. Speak of him no more.

  • JoKeR

    Jacques Parizeau finally separates from Canada!

  • Waffle

    How many times is the Battle of the Plains of Abraham going to be fought? One less warrior to contend with.

    Besides, Quebec can’t afford it — they are so woven into the fabric of Canada, both culturally and geographically, it would be impossible to untangle. Sovereignty is the pipe dream of intellectuals and those who seek power by making false promises to the uneducated masses.

    R.I.P. Jacques. Let history be your judge.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I know.
      The sovereignistes should just say hey guys relax.
      Oh, and we can’t.
      Oh, and we can’t.

  • Canadian

    Bury him!

  • ntt1

    he did his best to destroy my country, I have no hypocritical words of praise about him, he was a craven opportunist and a vicious bigoted drunk, good riddance.

  • Edubeat

    No Loss