Timeline of Quebec history (1982–present)

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This section of the Timeline of Quebec history concerns the events between patriation of the British North America Act and the present day.





  • 2011 - The Conservative Party of Canada achieves a majority government in the May federal election. Quebec is overtaken by the orange wave under a surging New Democratic Party, which wins 59 of the 75 federal seats in a province where it had previously had only one, and reduces the Bloc Québécois from 49 seats to 4.
  • 2011 - NDP leader Jack Layton dies in August.
  • 2011 - Formation of the Coalition Avenir Québec under François Legault, bringing together some ADQ members and some disillusioned members of the Parti Québécois.
  • 2011 - Under pressure, Jean Charest creates the Charbonneau commission to investigate corruption in the management of public construction contracts.
  • 2012 - University students protest and stop a proposed tuition increase.[1]
  • 2012 - The ADQ formally merges into the CAQ and ceases to exist as a party.
  • 2012 - The NDP choose Quebecer Thomas Mulcair as leader at a convention in March.
  • 2012 - Major student demonstrations against tuition increases widen as many non-students express general popular dissatisfaction with the Charest government.
  • 2012 - The Charbonneau commission hears its first testimony in June.
  • 2012 - Quebec general election, the Parti Québécois forms a minority government. During the victory party that night, a gunman tries to gain access to the venue and shoots two stagehands, killing one of them. Jean Charest steps down as Quebec Liberal Party leader the day after the election.
  • 2012 - Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay and Laval mayor Gilles Vaillancourt step down in response to revelations at the Charbonneau commission.
  • 2012 - Montreal councillors elect Michael Applebaum to serve as mayor for the year that remains before the November 3, 2013 municipal elections. Laval councillors elect Alexandre Duplessis to serve as their interim mayor.
  • 2012 - Ground is broken for a major new hockey arena in Quebec City, although no NHL team has shown interest in relocating there. Quebec City last had an NHL team in 1995.
  • 2013 - Quebec City area MNA Philippe Couillard is elected head of the Quebec Liberal Party.
  • 2013 - Montreal MP Justin Trudeau is elected head of the federal Liberal Party.
  • 2013 - Michael Applebaum is arrested and indicted with 14 charges including fraud and corruption. He steps down. Montreal councillors elect Laurent Blanchard to serve as mayor for the four months remaining before the municipal elections.
  • 2013 - Laval ex-mayor Gilles Vaillancourt is charged with gangsterism. Alexandre Duplessis steps down as Laval's interim mayor after allegations he had solicited prostitutes. The new interim mayor is Martine Beaugrand.
  • 2013 - The derailment of a runaway train carrying crude oil in the centre of Lac-Mégantic, a town in eastern Quebec, kills 47 and destroys at least 30 buildings, including the town library and archives, a popular bar and live music venue, and other businesses and houses.
  • 2014 - The 41st Quebec general election was held on April 7, 2014 to elect members to the National Assembly of Quebec.[2]


  1. ^ Gelderloos, Peter (2015). The Failure of Nonviolence.
  2. ^ "CBC News".

See also[edit]

Preceded by
1960 to 1981
Timeline of Quebec history
1982 to present
Succeeded by