The Rassemblement pour l’indépendance nationale is founded in Quebec

June 2, 2017

Pierre Bourgault

Pierre Bourgault, leader of the Rassemblement pour l’indépendance nationale, Antoine Desilets. Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Fonds Antoine Desilets, p697483

1960

In the early 1960s, a number of organizations emerged in support of Quebec independence. The Rassemblement pour l’indépendance nationale (RIN) was founded in 1960. A political essay by one of its founding members, Marcel Chaput, entitled Pourquoi je suis séparatiste (Why I Am a Separatist) was published in 1961, and gave voice to the movement. The group became a political party in 1963 and had candidates in the 1966 provincial election. RIN disbanded in 1968, and the Parti Québécois became the political voice for independence.

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