DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 1938.12.22 - Saint-Coeur-de-Marie, Quebec, Canada.
OCCUPATION: Lawyer. Quebec Nationalist Movement Activist.
Leader of the Official Opposition: 1993.10.25 - 1996.01.14.
OF QUEBEC (Premier ministre du Québec):
NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (Député):
Leader, Bloc Québécois (December 1990 - January 1996). Elected Leader without opposition. In the 1993 federal elections, the Bloc contested elections in Quebec's 75 ridings and won 54 seats; and won Official Opposition status in Parliament. Bouchard resigned as Leader of the Bloc in January 1996 to enter provinicial politics.
Leader, Parti Québécois (January 1996 - March 2001). Elected Leader without opposition. In the 1998 provincial elections, the PQ won 76 out of 125 seats (loss of 1 seat), 42.9% of the vote, and retained majority governing status. Bouchard resigned as Leader in March 2001 when he decided to retire from electoral politics. He said his failure to revive the sovereignist flame was a large cause of his departure, something for which he took responsibility.
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