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The Quiet Revolution



The Quiet Revolution
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     challenging words:    clergy, hydro-electric, investors, nationalize, premier, terrorist, mainly, spite, revolution, province, insurance, beginning, schooling, education, front, longer
     content words:    Jean Lesage, National Assembly, Quebec City, Union Nationale, Quebec Liberal, Rene Levesque, Natural Resources, When TV, Roman Catholic Church, French Canadian


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The Quiet Revolution
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: Statue of Jean Lesage in front of the National Assembly in Quebec City
 
2     What makes people change? It has to be something inside of them. Maybe they are tired of how things are. Perhaps they have a dream for their future. Change is often hard, but it can be good.
 
3     On June 22, 1960, a change was starting in Quebec. An election was held. It seemed like any other election, but change was in the wind.
 
4     The Union Nationale party had been in power for a total of 20 years under Duplessis. Now the Quebec Liberal party had taken over. Quebec's new premier was Jean Lesage.
 
5     Lesage brought in popular leaders to make the government work better. One of these men was Rene Levesque.
 
6     Levesque was Minister of Natural Resources. It was his idea to nationalize all of the hydro-electric plants in Quebec.
 
7     In spite of that, change was coming. Radio brought some new ideas. When TV began, it brought even more. Men who had been told to be content now wanted more out of life.
 
8     Lesage's first 30 days in office brought many changes. He made up the Department of Youth. This gave a free education through high school. The church no longer controlled education.

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