22 Facts About Michel Chartrand


Michel Chartrand was a Canadian trade union leader from Quebec.


Michel Chartrand was president of the CSN Montreal central council until 1978.


Michel Chartrand promoted progressive values and syndicalism in the media until the end of his life.


Michel Chartrand is considered to have been a promoter of socialism, a severe critic of capitalism, and a leading figure of syndicalism in Quebec.


Michel Chartrand was married to feminist writer and union activist Simonne Monet-Chartrand.


Michel Chartrand is reported to have joined the Canadian Officer Training Corps in 1941 following the outbreak of World War II in September 1939.


Michel Chartrand protested that the Canadian Army documents were only in the English language and returned to the Trappists' monastery in the village of Oka, Quebec.


Michel Chartrand lost in a landslide to his Liberal Party of Canada opponent.


In 1954, Michel Chartrand stood for election to the post of secretary-general of the union but was defeated by Jean Marchand.


Michel Chartrand was appointed a Quebec delegate to the party's convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Michel Chartrand was the party's candidate in the Chambly riding in the 1956 provincial election, but was badly defeated.


Michel Chartrand ran for the CCF in the Longueuil district in the 1953 and 1957 federal elections.


Michel Chartrand ran for the same party in the Lapointe district in the 1958 federal election.


Michel Chartrand's frustration became evident through his increasingly extremist statements, and in 1959, the union forced him to resign from its executive committee.


Michel Chartrand was then hired to work at the printing office of the Parti social-democratique, and was again a delegate to the CCF's convention in Winnipeg.


An admirer of the communist revolution in Cuba and its leader Fidel Castro, in 1963 Michel Chartrand accompanied a group on a month-long visit to Cuba.


Michel Chartrand then helped found the Parti socialiste du Quebec, and, as its president, soon began supporting the Quebec sovereignty movement, the Rassemblement pour l'independance nationale.


In 1968, Michel Chartrand was elected president of the Montreal Central Council of the Confederation des syndicats nationaux, serving in that position until 1978.


On 15 October 1975, five years after the October Crisis, FLQ and Front de rassemblement d'action populaire members and supporters met at the Paul-Sauve Centre in Montreal where Michel Chartrand addressed the crowd.


Michel Chartrand represented the Rassemblement pour l'alternative progressiste against Lucien Bouchard in Jonquiere, finishing third with 14 per cent of the votes.


Michel Chartrand was the subject of a 1991 National Film Board of Canada documentary Un homme de parole.


Michel Chartrand had a small acting role in the 1970 comedy film Two Women in Gold.