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René Lévesque

René Lévesque Statue

This life-size statue of René Lévesque, that was crafted by Fabien Pagé, saw its early days standing in front of the provincial parliament buildings in Quebec City and moved to New Carlisle in 2001. This statue was replaced by a larger one in Quebec City because many people complained that he looked too small compared to the other statues on the terrace. It was given to the Musée de la Gaspésie and moved to New Carlisle, the hometown of René Lévesque.

Rene Levesques 3 site

His Childhood Home

16 Mountsorrel Street

During his youth, René Lévesque lived in the house at the corner of what is now known as René-Lévesque Avenue and Mountsorrel Street. In front of the residence there is a plaque that rests on a large rock commemorating this man. Although he was mischievous, René was an honest and generous child always sharing with his friends. Passing by, the locals could see René tied to the porch by his ankle so he couldn't escape and get into any mischief. The house is unfortunately not open to the public by the current owner.

rene levesque house site

His Father's Office

The building directly in front of the town hall is where René Lévesque's father Dominique used to have his law office. His mother would admit that his father was his greatest influence; he developed his passion for books, writing and politics. At eleven or twelve years old, René Lévesque already read all of Sir Wilfred Laurier's speeches that his father had kept documented. René would sometimes visit his father in his office on his way to school.

CHNC Radio Station

Founded on December 23, 1933 by Charles Houde was a bilingual radio station until 1940. In the summer of 1936 Réne translated English news in French. Working for CHNC he had the chance to speak on the air, which was quite the ultimate opportunity for a boy of 13. This first taste of journalism is what gave birth to his passion for radio and communications.

The implication René had in radio at such a young age may have had a profound impact on his adult life. René had not only worked for CHNC but for CHRC as a replacement as advertiser from 1941 to 1942 and then worked at CBV in Quebec. He was a war correspondent for the American army in Europe in 1944-45; he made reports to London during the bombing and has even been one of the first reporters to be witness the concentration camps in Dachau. In 1952 during the Koreen war René once again was a reporter but this time correspondent for CBC.

L'Espace René-Lévesque (Future Project)

This memorial is being realized by the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque and will be located in New Carlisle where René Lévesque spent his childhood.

L'Espace René-Lévesque will offer an encounter with this exceptional man in a peaceful and luminous setting conducive to remembrance, reflection, and discovery.

This project, national in scope, will consist of a thematic interpretation park and a reception pavilion, and will aim to present René Lévesque in relation to the evolution of modern Québec. The interpretative approach will centre on the man, his career, his thoughts, and his actions, and the major elements of his contribution to the Révolution tranquille, his greatest achievements, and his legacy will be highlighted on the path.

pdfL'Espace René Lévesque

To contact us

138, boulevard Gérard-D.-Levesque
New Carlisle (Québec)

C. P. 40
New Carlisle (Québec)
G0C 1Z0
Telephone : 418 752-3141
Fax : 418 752-3140
E-mail : newcarlisle@globetrotter.net