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Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (French pronunciation: ​[saɡ.nɛ.lak.sɛ̃.ʒɑ̃], local pronunciation: [saɡ.ne.lak.sẽ.ʒã]) is a region in Quebec, Canada. It contains the Saguenay Fjord, the estuary of the Saguenay River, stretching through much of the region. It is also known as Sagamie in French, from the first part of "Saguenay" and the last part of "Piekouagami", the Innu name (meaning "flat lake") for Lac Saint-Jean, with the final "e" added to follow the model of other existing region names such as Mauricie, Témiscamie, Jamésie, and Matawinie. [1] The name Saguenay is possibly derived from the Innu word "Saki-nip" which means "where water flows out". [2] [3] With a land area of 98,710.11 km2 (38,112.19 sq mi), the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean is, after the Nord-du-Québec and Côte-Nord regions, the third-largest of Quebec regions in the area.

This region is bathed by two major watercourses, Lac Saint-Jean and the Saguenay River, both of which mark its landscape deeply and have been the main drives of its development in history. It is also irrigated by several other large watercourses. Bordered by forests and mountainous massifs, the southern portion of the region constitutes a fertile enclave in the Canadian Shield called the Saguenay Graben. Both the scenery and the cultural sites and activities of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean attract tourists every year. Lac Saint-Jean is a popular vacation destination in the summer for residents of the more urban regions of Quebec.

Selected article

Saguenay is a city (Canada 2006 Census population 143,692) in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada, on the Saguenay River, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Quebec City.

Saguenay is also the name of a territory equivalent to a regional county municipality (TE) coextensive with the city of Saguenay, whose geographical code is 941.

Together with the regional county municipality of Le Fjord-du-Saguenay, it forms the census division (CD) of Le Saguenay-et-son-Fjord (94).

The city was formed on February 18, 2002 by amalgamating the cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière, La Baie and Laterrière, along with the municipalities of Lac-Kénogami and Shipshaw and part of the township of Tremblay.

The city is divided into three boroughs:

  • Chicoutimi (territories of Chicoutimi, Laterrière and Tremblay township);
  • Jonquière (territories of Jonquière, Arvida, Kénogami, Lac-Kénogami, and Shipshaw);
  • La Baie (territory of La Baie).

The mayor of Saguenay is Jean Tremblay, mayor of Chicoutimi before the merger.

The term "the Saguenay" or (less commonly) "Saguenay Valley" is used for the whole Saguenay River region. See Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The provincial riding of René-Lévesque on the Côte Nord was named Saguenay before 2003 elections.

Camrose, Alberta is the sister city of Saguenay.


Selected biography

Lucien Bouchard, PC, GOQ (born December 22, 1938) is a Quebec lawyer, diplomat, politician, former Minister of the Environment of the Canadian Federal Government and Premier of Quebec. He was the Leader of Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons from 1993 to 1996, and the 27th Premier of Quebec from January 29, 1996 to March 8, 2001. He became a central figure for the Yes side in the 1995 Quebec referendum and founded the Bloc Québécois political party.

He is the brother of noted historian Gérard Bouchard, and a recipient of the title of Commander of the French Legion of Honour.

Bouchard was born in Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Quebec, the son of Alice (née Simard) and Philippe Bouchard. He graduated from Jonquière Classical College in 1959, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in social science and a law degree at Université Laval in 1964. He was called to the Quebec bar later that year.

He practiced law in Chicoutimi until 1985, while being given many charges as a public servant over the years: president of the arbitration committee for the education sector (1970 to 1976), prosecutor in chief for the commission for labour and industry (Cliche commission – 1974 to 1975), co-president of the study commission on the public and parapublic sectors (Martin-Bouchard commission — 1975). From then, he acted as a coordinator or member of many special teams on behalf of Quebec's government in the trade union negotiations for the public sector.



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