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Subject: Quebec sovereignty movement, Front de libération du Québec, Quebec general election, 1966, Louise Lanctôt, Quebec provincial election, 1966/D'Arcy-McGee
Collection: 1960 Establishments in Quebec, 1968 Disestablishments in Canada, Defunct Political Parties in Canada, Defunct Secessionist Organizations in Canada, Front De Libération Du Québec, Political Parties Disestablished in 1968, Political Parties Established in 1960, Pro-Independence Parties, Provincial Political Parties in Quebec, Quebec Nationalism, Quebec Sovereignty Movement, Republicanism in Canada, Social Democratic Parties
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Rassemblement pour l'Indépendance Nationale

Rally for National Independence
Founded 1960 (1960)
Dissolved 1968 (1968)
Merged into Parti Québécois
Ideology Quebec sovereigntism, social democracy
Official colours Varied
Politics of Quebec
Political parties

The Rassemblement pour l'Indépendance Nationale (RIN, in Quebec national independence from Canada.


  • History 1
  • Leaders 2
  • Publication 3
  • Election results 4
  • Notes 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
    • In English 7.1
    • In French 7.2
  • External links 8


It was founded on September 10, 1960, by about 30 people at the very beginning of the left-wing ideas.

In October 1960, the first general assembly of the organization published its manifesto calling for the independence of Quebec. Pierre Bourgault, who had joined shortly after foundation, became its president in 1964. Following the wish of the members as expressed in a resolution in 1963, the RIN was turned into a political party. Bourgault and his impassioned, fiery speeches contributed largely to the popularity of the RIN, and is often wrongly believed to be the founder of the movement.

In the 1966 Quebec general election, the RIN, along with the Ralliement National (RN) won about 8.8% of the popular vote and no seats. Bourgault lost the northern Duplessis riding by a very small margin, a great accomplishment for such a third party. Although it never gathered a high number of votes Quebec-wide, it played an important role in the birth of the modern "indépendantiste" movement in Quebec and was very active in public demonstrations. Famous protests of the RIN include a 1964 demonstration disapproving the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Quebec, and a 1968 protest about the presence of Pierre Trudeau on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day that turned to riot. Their members and supporters were also present in the Montreal crowd and their symbols visible when French President Charles de Gaulle shouted his famed "Vive le Québec Libre" (Long live free Quebec).

In October 1967, the charismatic Quebec Liberal Party Member of the National Assembly and former cabinet minister René Lévesque left the Liberal Party when its members voted to not debate his idea of two independent but associated states (Quebec and Canada). Shortly after, the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association was founded with Lévesque as leader. The RIN quickly engaged in talks over a possible merger with the MSA. Bourgault and D'Allemagne strongly believed that the forces for Quebec independence had to unite to challenge the "old parties" (Liberals and Union Nationale).

Bourgault and Lévesque started to clash, as Lévesque had come to distrust the RIN because of its perceived rowdy behaviour. Additional opposition to the idea of a merger came from within the RIN itself; some militants (such as Andrée Ferretti) were heart-broken at the prospect of the "end" of their party. Ultimately, however, the desire for a strong independentist force carried the day. By 1968, the MSA came to an agreement with the Ralliement National to form the Parti Québécois, deliberately excluding the RIN as an entity. The RIN's left wing split to form the Le front de libération populaire (FLP), and Bourgault dissolved the party and instructed members to join the PQ.


  • André D'Allemagne (1960-1961)
  • Marcel Chaput (1961-1962)
  • Guy Pouliot (1962-1964)
  • Pierre Bourgault (1964-1968)


The party had its own periodical, published monthly, then biweekly.

  • L'Indépendance. Organe officiel du Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale, vol. 1, issue 1 (September 1962) - vol. 6, issue 20 (September 1968)

Election results

General election # of candidates # of seats won % of popular vote
1966 73 0 5.55%[1]


  1. ^ Cliche, Mathieu. "Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale", in Qué, update January 4, 2007, retrieved June 6, 2008

See also


In English

  • Stein, Michael B. "Separatism", in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation of Canada, 2008
  • "Pierre Bourgault", in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation of Canada, 2008
  • Smart, Patricia. "Aquin, Hubert", in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Foundation of Canada, 2008

In French

  • Labrecque, Jean-Claude (2002). Le RIN, Montréal: Productions Virage, 78 min. (script: Michel Martin, Jean-Claude Labrecque)
  • Bruno Deshaies. "Manifeste du Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale", in the site Le Rond-Point des sciences humaines, 2002
  • D'Allemagne, André (2000). Une idée qui somnolait : écrits sur la souveraineté du Québec depuis les origines du RIN, 1958-2000, Montréal: Comeau & Nadeau, 250 p. ISBN 2-922494-33-0
  • RIN. Programme politique du Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale : tel qu'adopté à son congrès de mai 1965, Montréal: RIN, 75 p.
  • Pelletier, Réjean (1974). Les militants du R.I.N., Ottawa : Editions de l'Université d'Ottawa, 82 p. ISBN 0-7766-3051-2
  • D'Allemagne, André (1974). Le R.I.N. de 1960 à 1963 : étude d'un groupe de pression au Québec, Montréal : Editions L'Etincelle, 160 p. ISBN 0-88515-029-5
  • RIN. Mémoire du Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale au Comité parlementaire de la constitution, 1964, 45 p.
  • Gauvin, Jean-François. "Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale", in the site L'indépendance du Québec, updated June 2, 2004
  • Frappier, Bernard. "Histoire : RIN", dossier in
  • Cliche, Mathieu. "Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale", im Qué,updated January 4, 2007
  • "Crise interne au RIN", in Les Archives de Radio-Canada. Société Radio-Canada, updated January 5, 2004
  • "Dissensions au congrès du RIN", in Les Archives de Radio-Canada. Société Radio-Canada, updated April 6, 2005

External links

  • Unofficial English translation of the 1960 Manifesto of the RIN
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