When Did Quebec Catch Up Economically?

In Quebec history books, the period from 1945 to 1960 has been labelled the “Great Darkness” on account of the province’s alleged backwardness compared with its North American neighbours. Quebec society at the time is commonly thought to have been less economically dynamic and prosperous, less culturally and socially enlightened, influenced by an obscurantist Church, dominated by anglophone capital, and governed by corrupt, authoritarian political elites. Many of these claims do not hold up under a closer examination of the statistics of the era, however.

Media release :: Quebec developed more quickly during the Great Darkness than during the Quiet Revolution

Addendum to the Economic Note


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