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Michel Chartrand

AKA Joseph Michel Rafael Chartrand

Born: 20-Dec-1916
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died: 12-Apr-2010
Location of death: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cause of death: Kidney failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Labor Leader, Activist

Nationality: Canada
Executive summary: Quebec nationalist labor activist

Radicalized after his father, a civil servant, was fired from his job of 44 years for whistleblowing. During the October Crisis of 1970, the British trade commissioner, James Cross, and the Quebec labor minister, Pierre Laporte, were kidnapped and Laporte was murdered. The kidnappers claimed allegiance to the Front for the Liberation of Quebec, which Chartrand supported; for this, he and some 500 others were arrested.


[1] Trappist monk in Oka, Quebec, Canada, 1933-35.

Father: (civil servant)
Wife: Simonne Monet-Chartrand (activist, m. 17-Feb-1942, d. 1993, two sons, four daughters)
Daughter: Suzanne G. Chartrand
Daughter: Marie-Andree (d. 1971)
Son: Alain (documentary filmmaker)

    University: University of Montreal

    Confederation of National Trade Unions President, Montreal Central Council (1968)
    Confederation of Canadian Catholic Workers
    Sedition arrested under War Measures Act (16-Oct-1970), acquitted
    Insult of a Quebec police officer (9-May-1949)

Is the subject of documentaries:
Un homme de parole, 1991



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