Yves Michaud

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Yves Michaud is a prominent Quebec public figure, a sovereignist and pur et dur supporter of the Parti Québécois.

Background

Michaud was born on February 13, 1930 in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.

In 1959, Michaud received a Canada Council grant to study journalism in France at the Université de Strasbourg. He then began a career as a journalist for the Clairon in Saint-Hyacinthe. He was later chief editor of La Patrie and also had a chronicle for the magazine 7 jours.

Member of the legislature

He joined the ranks of the Liberal Party of Quebec and was elected in the Gouin riding in the 1966 provincial election, which the Liberals lost. He became friends with fellow Liberals René Lévesque and Robert Bourassa, who would both later become Premiers of Quebec.

In 1969, Michaud left the Liberal Party and sat as an Independent to protest against the passage of Bill 63, a controversial language legislation. He ran for re-election as a Liberal candidate in the 1970 election, but was defeated by 12 votes by Parti Québécois candidate Guy Joron.

Parti Québécois supporter

He joined the Parti Québécois in the subsequent years and ran as was a candidate of this party in the district of Bourassa in Quebec general election, 1973. He lost against Liberal Lise Bacon.

He then founded Le Jour, the first daily newspaper promoting Quebec independence.In 1979, he was in charge of the Quebec Government House of Paris.

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