Critical of the rise of SEPARATISM in Québec in the early 1960s, Marchand was persuaded by PM Lester PEARSON to be a member of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism and to join the federal Liberal Party in 1965. His presence was designed to enhance the francophone presence in Cabinet and to defend the cause of federalism in Québec. He agreed on condition that 2 longtime friends, Pierre TRUDEAU and Gérard PELLETIER, be allowed to join him. He held several important Cabinet posts, resigning in 1976 to run in the Québec provincial election to try to prevent the PARTI QUÉBÉCOIS from coming to power. He failed in both objectives. He was appointed to the Senate in December 1976; selected Speaker in March 1980, he played a central role in the 1981 debate over reform of the Constitution. After his resignation from the Senate he was president of the Canadian Transport Commission 1983-85, when he became a director of Ports Canada and vice-chairman of the Québec Port Corp. In 1986 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Author M.D. BEHIELS
Shawnadithit grew anxious waiting for her uncle, Longnon, to return to camp at the junction of Badger Brook and the Exploits River, deep in the wilds of Newfoundland...