971.57.A18 | L'Action Nationale

L'Action Nationale
1978, 20th century
On paper
21 x 13.2 cm
This artefact belongs to: © Centre d'études acadiennes
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Keys to History

The rise of a new nationalism among young Acadian intellectuels in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s was very much influenced by a controversial idea: to unite the political forces of the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

In the 1974 provincial elections, the Parti acadien ran candidates in 13 of the 58 New Brunswick ridings. In 1978 and again in 1982, it ran 10 candidates. In its entire history, the Parti acadien never managed to win any seats in Fredericton, the provincial capital.

The Parti acadien ceased its activities in 1982. Yet it is thanks to the work of its members that in 1981, New Brunswick passed the Act Recognizing the Equality of the Two Official Linguistic Communities in New Brunswick

  • What

    Founded in 1917, L'Action Nationale was a magazine dedicated entirely to the defence and promotion of the French language and the national interests of French-speaking Quebeckers. In 1978 it published a special issue on Acadie.

  • Where

    The monthly L'Action Nationale<> had its offices in Montreal, Quebec.

  • When

    L'Action Nationale published this special issue on Acadie in June 1978. It was No. 10 of Volume 67 of the magazine.

  • Who

    This issue was edited by Jean-Pierre Blanchard. Acadian writers Jean-Pierre Lanteigne, Mathilda Blanchard and Claude LeBouthillier contributed.