Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The family tree of Quebec political parties

Taking a break from talking about Tracey Weiler and Tim Hudak putting full day kindergarten at risk for Kitchener-Waterloo families by talking about some other kind of families: the family trees of Quebec political parties.

Those who know me know I'm a big Quebecophile, so I thought I would make a rough chart showing the evolution and relationship of the different major political parties in Quebec right now. Take a look at see how the Parti Liberal, Parti Quebecois, CAQ, Quebec solidare, and Parti Vert have come into being, and how many of them have family roots with each other.

A solid line indicates a direct merger, a dotted line represents that a part was a breakaway or formed by dissidents of another party. I've used logos where appropriate, and click to enlarge the images. Enjoy!


Mathieu Bouchard said...

The Parti Patriote can't have merged with Parti Rouge, as they did not coexist. Basically, Parti Patriote withdrew itself from parliament and declared independence of Québec in 1838. Several of its leaders had to escape Québec and only came back around 1848 when the Responsible Government was put in place, and then Parti Rouge was founded.

Mathieu Bouchard said...
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Mathieu Bouchard said...

Actually, I got it a bit wrong. The Parti Patriote continued to exist, although the republican flag had been banned. It had basically split into two parties, the other being Parti Réformiste (of L-H La Fontaine). Papineau came back from exile in 1845. Around 1848, the rest of Parti Patriote became Parti Rouge, while the Parti Réformiste became Parti Bleu. At the time of confederation, they became respectively PLQ and PCQ.

See Éric Bédard's last book for more info. It came out a few months ago.