MONTREAL — As the founder of the Parti Québécois, René Lévesque was committed to taking Quebec out of Confederation. But 30 years after his death, it is thanks to federal funding that a long-planned project celebrating his legacy will be built.
The Department of Canadian Heritage announced Tuesday that it will give $750,000 to Espace René-Lévesque, “a heritage circuit commemorating the life of the former premier of Quebec” in the Gaspé town where he was raised, New Carlisle.
Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly hailed Lévesque as “one of Quebec’s greatest political figures” and said the new circuit will “give visitors from across Canada the chance to learn more about this influential man.”
The site will feature a welcome pavilion and a series of outdoor stops marking different phases of Lévesque’s life, from his childhood to his time as premier when he led separatist forces in the unsuccessful 1980 referendum.