Marcel Léger

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Marcel Léger (June 8, 1930 – February 5, 1993) was a Canadian politician and a supporter of Quebec sovereignty, and founder of the polling firm Leger Marketing.

Background[edit]

He was born in Montreal on June 8, 1930. He is the father of pollster Jean-Marc Léger and Parti Québécois (PQ) MNA Nicole Léger.

Provincial Politics[edit]

Léger successfully ran as the PQ candidate in the provincial district of LaFontaine in 1970. He was re-elected in 1973, 1976 and 1981. He became Minister of the Environment in 1976, but was dropped from the Cabinet in 1982.[1]

Federal Politics[edit]

Léger was leader of the Parti nationaliste du Québec from September 14, 1983 to May 17, 1984. In that capacity, he tried to establish a federal wing for the PQ and represent Quebec's interests in Ottawa. However PQ Leader René Lévesque conducted a Beau Risque policy and refused to endorse Léger’s attempt.

Retirement[edit]

Léger re-entered the Cabinet as Minister of Tourism in 1984. However he lost his seat in 1985. In 1986, he founded the polling firm "Léger et Léger" (today Leger Marketing).

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Paul Beaudry (Union Nationale)
MNA, District of LaFontaine
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Succeeded by
Jean-Claude Gobé (Liberal)