Canadian history is punctuated by influential politicians who changed the course of this country - those who fought to introduce social programs, reform discriminatory legislation and strengthen the economy of the provinces. This February, Canada Post will pay tribute to 10 such figures - those from across the country who made their mark and helped build our provinces.
A Montreal-born lawyer, Lesage served with federal Liberal from 1945 until 1957. He held the Minister of Resources and Development post and later managed the Northern Affairs and National Resources portfolio. After the Diefenbaker sweep, Lesage went into provincial politics and became leader of the Quebec Liberals. His party won the 1960 election, ending 16-year reign of the Union Nationale. Thus began the Quiet Revolution, a movement known for its slogan "Maîtres chez nous" - "Masters in our own house", which sought to affirm a unique personality for Quebec. Following is defeat in 1966, Lesage remained the provincial opposition leader until 1970. He died in 1980.