Canada Day celebrations … in 1977

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Photo: Ville de Québec N014836

This replica of Jacques Cartier’s Grande Hermine, built for Montreal’s Expo 67, was later moved to Parc Cartier-Brébeuf in Quebec City, where Cartier and his crew spent the winter of 1535-36. The replica remained there for at least three decades before it was broken up and removed.

I would like to mention that my Mom, Jo Ouellet, started the Canada Day activities here in Quebec City in the late 1970s.

In response to the Parti Québécois winning the Nov. 15, 1976 election, many Quebecers were stunned by the prospect of separating from Canada. René Lévesque’s goal was clear, and the pro-Canada crowd was in hiding, afraid of repercussions.