François Aquin

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François Aquin
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Dorion
In office
Preceded by District created in 1965
Succeeded by Mario Beaulieu
Personal details
Born (1929-03-06) March 6, 1929 (age 88)
Montreal, Quebec

François Aquin was a nationalist politician in Quebec, Canada.[1]


He was born on March 6, 1929 in Montreal and became an attorney. He is a cousin of writer Hubert Aquin.

Liberal Activist[edit]

Early on, Aquin was a supporter of the Liberal Party of Quebec. He was President of the party's Youth Commission from 1959 to 1963 and President of the party from 1963 to 1964.

Member of the legislature[edit]

Aquin won a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec in 1966 in the district of Dorion. In the aftermath of French President Charles de Gaulle's visit to Canada, Aquin declared himself in favor of the political independence of Quebec and left his party to sit as an Independent.

With René Lévesque and other supporters, he co-founded the Mouvement Souveraineté–Association in April 1968, which officially became the Parti Québécois in October of that same year. In November 1968 though, Aquin resigned his seat.


  1. ^ "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.