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Distinguished Canadians: Georges-Henri Lévesque

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"Liberty comes from God," says theologian Georges-Henri Lévesque. In this conversation with John David Hamilton, Lévesque talks about his work as a progressive theologian in Quebec. He also discusses the political climate in Quebec at the time of the Quiet Revolution and his efforts to establish a School of Social Sciences at Laval University.

Medium: Television
Program: Distinguished Canadians
Broadcast Date: July 24, 1972
Guest(s): Georges-Henri Lévesque
Interviewer: John David Hamilton
Duration: 26:56

Did You know?


• Georges-Henri Lévesque was born in Roberval, Que. in 1903.

• In the 1920s, he attended Dominican College in Ottawa and the Université de Lille, France. He became a priest in 1928, with his first assignment in Rwanda.

• In 1938 Lévesque organized the School of Social Sciences at Laval University, where he was a part-time faculty member.

• Father Lévesque's most important contribution was the establishment of the Dominican Order's Maison Montmorency in 1955. It served as a place for secular conferences on political and social ideas, particularly pertaining to Quebec Independence.  As a result, Father Lévesque is considered one of the Fathers of Quebec's "Quiet Revolution", even though he fundamentally disagreed with Québécois nationalism.

• He died Jan. 15, 2000, in Québec City, Que., at age 96. More than 600 people attended his funeral. Among the mourners were Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.


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