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The National Order of Quebec (French: Ordre national du Québec) is an order of merit bestowed by the government of Quebec, Canada. It was instituted by the government of Premier René Lévesque, and is one of the most prestigious honours in Quebec and French America. It is awarded in three classes: For the capital, see Quebec City. ... The Premier of Quebec (in French Premier ministre du Québec, sometimes literally translated to Prime Minister of Quebec) is the first minister for the Canadian province of Quebec. ... René Lévesque (pronounced ) (August 24, 1922 – November 1, 1987) was a reporter, a minister of the government of Quebec, Canada, (1960 – 1966), the founder of the Parti Québécois political party, and 23rd Premier of Quebec (November 25, 1976 – October 3, 1985). ... French America (in French Amérique française) is the French speaking community of peoples and diaspora, notably those tracing back origins to New France, the early French colonization of the Americas. ...

  • Grand officer (grand officier) (GOQ)
  • Officer (officier) (OQ)
  • Knight (chevalier) (CQ)

The Order is partly inspired by the French Legion of Honour. Knights badge of the Legion of Honour The Légion dhonneur (Legion of Honor (AmE) or Legion of Honour (ComE)) is an Order of Chivalry first established by Napoléon Bonaparte, First Consul of the French Republic, on May 19, 1802. ...



The Order was created by law on June 20, 1984, by the National Assembly of Quebec. It is conferred upon men and women born or living in Quebec (but non-Quebecers can be inducted as well) for their outstanding achievements. The law states that nominations may also be made posthumously. The law also grants the Premier of Quebec the exclusive privilege of nominating non-Quebecers. Non-Quebecers inducted into the order are often honoured for a loyal friendship to Quebec, helping to increase its international profile, or for defending the French language. June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Quebec Parliament Building at night The National Assembly of Quebec (French: Assemblée nationale du Québec) is the name for the legislative body of the province of Quebec, Canada which was defined in the Canadian constitution as the Legislative Assembly of Quebec (lassemblée législative de... French (français, langue française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered in speakers only by Spanish and Portuguese. ...

The insignia are delivered during ceremonies at the Salon Rouge in the Parliament Building, the former home of the Legislative Council of Quebec. Exceptions are made when inductees cannot be present (notably for some non-Quebec nominations). Until 1968, the Legislative Council of Quebec was the unelected upper house of the bicameral legislature in the Canadian province of Quebec. ... The chamber of the Legislative Council of Quebec before its abolition From 1867 until 1968, the Legislative Council of Quebec (French; Conseil législatif du Québec) was the unelected upper house of the bicameral legislature in the Canadian province of Quebec. ...


The Council of the National Order of Quebec (Conseil de l'Ordre national du Québec), elected by and amongst the members of the Order, is mandated to short-list candidates based on the results of calls for nomination published in daily and weekly newspapers in Quebec. The Council’s suggestions are given to the premier, who submits them to Cabinet for final approval.

Lucien Bouchard gives the insignia to Gilles Vigneault.
Lucien Bouchard gives the insignia to Gilles Vigneault.

This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Lucien Bouchard, PC , B.Sc , LL.B (born December 22, 1938 in Saint-Coeur-de-Marie, Quebec, Canada) is a Quebec lawyer, diplomat and politician. ... Gilles Vigneault (born 27 October 1928) is a poet, publisher and singer-songwriter from Quebec, and well-known Quebec nationalist and sovereigntist. ...


Many people have been inducted into the National Order of Quebec since its inception in 1984. The following are some of the best-known recipients.

Quebec inductees

Grand officer

Bernard Landry gives the insignia to Yvon Deschamps.
Bernard Landry gives the insignia to Yvon Deschamps.

General Jean Victor Allard, CC , CBE , GOQ , DSO , ED , CD (June 12, 1913 - April 23, 1996) was the first French-Canadian to become a Chief of the Defence Staff, the highest position in the Canadian Armed Forces. ... The Canadian Forces (CF) (Fr: Forces canadiennes (FC)) are the combined branches of the military of Canada. ... Jean Drapeau, mayor of Montréal Jean Drapeau CC , GOQ (February 18, 1916 – August 12, 1999) was a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as mayor of Montréal from 1954 to 1957 and 1960 to 1986. ... Stained-glass window by Marcelle Ferron, at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal Marcelle Ferron (January 29, 1924-November 19, 2001), a Québécoise painter and stained glass artist, was a major figure in the Quebec contemporary art scene. ... Armand Frappier and his motto, “You will be the voice, not the echo” Armand Frappier (November 26, 1904 – December 17, 1991) was a Canadian physician, microbiologist and expert on tuberculosis. ... Gérard Filion (August 18, 1909 - March 27, 2005) was a Canadian businessman and journalist. ... Paul Gérin-Lajoie (born February 23, 1920) is a Canadian lawyer, philanthropist, and politician. ... The Toronto-Dominion Centre. ... 1999 Canada Post stamp Félix Leclerc (August 2, 1914-August 8, 1988) was a Québécois folk singer, poet, writer, actor and political activist. ... Lemieux in 1977 Jean Paul Lemieux, CC , GOQ (18 November 1904 – 7 December 1990) is one of the foremost painters of twentieth century Québec. ... Martin Brian Mulroney (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ... La Joute, by Jean-Paul Riopelle Jean-Paul Riopelle (7 October 1923 - 12 March 2002) was a painter and sculptor from Quebec. ... Jean Vanier Jean Vanier, CC, GOQ, Ph. ... LArche is an international network of faith-based communities creating homes and day programs with people who have developmental disabilities (or learning disabilities as they are known in the UK). ... Gilles Vigneault (born 27 October 1928) is a poet, publisher and singer-songwriter from Quebec, and well-known Quebec nationalist and sovereigntist. ... This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Jean-Bernard Landry, born March 9, 1937 in Saint-Jacques, Quebec, (near Joliette), is a Quebec lawyer, teacher, politician, past Premier of Quebec, Canada, (2001–2003), former leader of the Opposition (2003–2005) and former leader of the Parti Québécois (2001–2005). ... Yvon Deschamps is an author, actor, comedian and producer. ...


  • Laurent Beaudoin (1990), businessman
  • Michel Brault (2003), film-maker
  • Solange Chaput-Roland (1985)
  • Céline Dion (1998), singer
  • Léon Dion (1990), author, teacher, intellectual
  • Jean Duceppe (1985), actor
  • Fernand Dumont (1992), author, intellectual
  • Phil Gold (1989), scientist, physician
  • Anne Hébert (1985), writer
  • Louis Laberge (1988), union leader
  • Jean-Louis Lévesque (1991), entrepreneur, philanthropist
  • Antonine Maillet (1990), writer, playwright
  • Gaston Miron (1996), poet
  • Ted Moses (2002), aboriginal chief
  • Julie Payette (2000), astronaut
  • Lise Payette (2001), politician, writer
  • Pierre Perreault (1998), film-maker
  • Hubert Reeves (1994), astrophysicist
  • Maurice Richard (1985), hockey player
  • Jean-Pierre Perreault (2004), choreographer

Laurent Beaudoin, C.C., O.Q., M.Comm. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian Grammy and Juno award-winning pop singer, and occasional songwriter[1] and actress. ... Jean Duceppe is a Quebecois Canadian actor, and the father of sovereignist Canadian politician Gilles Duceppe. ... Phil Gold (born September 17, 1936), CC, OQ, MD, PhD, FRS(C), FRCP(C), MACP is a Canadian physician, scientist, and professor. ... Anne Hebert Anne Hébert (August 1, 1916 - January 22, 2000) was a Canadian author and poet. ... Jean-Louis Lévesque (April 13, 1911 - December 28, 1994) was a Canadian entrepreneur, thoroughbred racehorse owner, and philanthropist. ... Antonine Maillet in 1984 The Honourable Antonine Maillet, PC, CC, OQ, ONB, LL.D, FRSC, (born May 10, 1929) is a Canadian Acadian novelist, playwright, and scholar. ... Ted Moses speaks at a public event. ... Julie Payette (NASA) Julie Payette (born October 20, 1963 in Montréal, Québec) is an astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) who currently works primarily with the United Statess National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ... Lise Payette (born August 29, 1931) is a Quebec politician, feminist, writer and columnist. ... Hubert Reeves (born July 13, 1932 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of science. ... The Honourable Maurice Rocket Richard Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ...


Denys Arcand recieving the Order of Canada from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a ceremony performed at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 10, 2005. ... Frédéric Back (born April 8, 1924) is a Canadian award winning animator. ... A Quebec journalist and writer (1941-), Denise Bombardier has worked for Radio Canada. ... Gaétan Boucher (born May 10, 1958 in Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian male prostittute. ... Pierre Bourque was the mayor of Montreal, Quebec from 1994 to 2001. ... Jean Coutu (born 29 May 1927) is a Canadian pharmacist and businessman. ... Françoise David (born 1948) is the spokesperson, with Amir Khadir of Québec solidaire - a socialist - communist political movement which advocates national sovereignty, born from the merger of Option Citoyenne with lUnion des Forces Progessistes. ... Yvon Deschamps is an author, actor, comedian and producer. ... Diane Dufresne (born 30 September 1944 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Quebec singer and painter. ... Marc Favreau (born November 9, 1929 in Montreal, Quebec) (died December 17, 2005 same city) was a French Canadian television and film actor and poet. ... Jean-Pierre Ferland (born June 24, 1934, Montreal) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. ... Denise Filiatrault (born May 16, 1931, Montreal) is a Canadian actress and director. ... Jacques Godbout (born November 27, 1933 at Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a novelist, essayist, childrens writer, journalist, filmmaker and poet. ... Pauline Julien (born May 23, 1928 - died September 30, 1998) was a singer, songwriter, actress, feminist activist and Quebec sovereigntist. ... Marie-Claire Kirkland (born September 8, 1924) is a Quebec lawyer, judge and politician. ... Guy Laliberté created Cirque du Soleil Using a grant from the province of Quebec, this street performer created Cirque du Soleiel which now runs 4 shows in Las Vegas and sells a million dollars in tickets a day. ... Robert Lepage (born December 12, 1957 in Quebec City) is a playwright, actor and film director from Quebec City, Quebec, and is one of Canadas most honoured theatre artists. ... Edouard Lock Self Portrait Édouard Lock (born March 3, 1954) is a Canadian dance choreographer and the founder of the Canadian dance group, La La La Human Steps. ... Louis Lortie (born 27 April 1959) is a French-Canadian pianist. ... Norman McLaren, C.C.,C.Q. (April 11, 1914-January 27, 1987) was a Scottish animator and film director known for his work for the National Film Board of Canada. ... Oscar Peterson Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, O.Ont. ... Luc Plamondon (born March 2, 1945) is a Canadian song lyricist from Quebec. ... Jean-Louis Roux (born May 18, 1923) is a noted entertainer and playwright, senator, and briefly Lieutenant Governor of Quebec. ... Michel Tremblay (born June 25, 1942) is an important Quebec novelist and playwright. ... Marc-André Hamelin (born September 5, 1961) is a Canadian classical pianist. ...

Non-Quebec inductees

Bernard Landry gives the insignia to Gérard Depardieu.
Bernard Landry gives the insignia to Gérard Depardieu.

This work is copyrighted. ... This work is copyrighted. ... Jean-Bernard Landry, born March 9, 1937 in Saint-Jacques, Quebec, (near Joliette), is a Quebec lawyer, teacher, politician, past Premier of Quebec, Canada, (2001–2003), former leader of the Opposition (2003–2005) and former leader of the Parti Québécois (2001–2005). ... Gérard Depardieu. ...

Grand officer

Charles Édouard Dutoit (born October 7, 1939) is a conductor. ...


Raymond Barre was born on April 12, 1924 in Saint Denis, the capital of the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean. ... The Prime Minister of France (Premier ministre de la France) is the functional head of the Cabinet of France. ... Jacques René Chirac (born November 29, 1932), French politician, is President of the French Republic. ... The President of France, known officially as the President of the Republic (Président de la République in French), is Frances elected Head of State. ... This is a list of mayors of Paris (maire de Paris). ... Laurent Fabius (born August 20, 1946) is a former prime minister of France. ... Alain Marie Juppé (born August 15, 1945) is a French politician; among other positions, he was Prime Minister of France from 1995 to 1997. ... Jordi Pujol i Soley (born June 9, 1930) was the leader of the party Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) from 1974 to 2003. ... Capital Barcelona Official languages Catalan,Spanish,Aranese Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 6th  32 114 km²  6,3% Population  â€“ Total (2005)  â€“ % of Spain  â€“ Density Ranked 2nd  6 995 206  15,9%  217,82/km² GDP Total (2004) GDP: €157,124 billion GDP per /capita: $26,550 (4nd) Demonym  â€“ English  â€“ Catalan... Lionel Robert Jospin (born July 12, 1937 in Meudon, a suburb of Paris) is a French statesman who served as Prime Minister of France from 1997-2002. ... Philippe Séguin Philippe Séguin is a former French politician, and is now first president of Frances Cour des Comptes (Court of Financial Auditors). ... The Palais Bourbon, front The French National Assembly (French: Assemblée nationale) is one of the two houses of the bicameral Parliament of France under the Fifth Republic. ... Jean-Pierre Raffarin Jean-Pierre Raffarin   listen? (born August 3, 1948) is a French conservative politician. ... Michel Rocard, French politician Michel Rocard (born August 23, 1930) is a French Socialist politician, former French Prime minister, and currently a member of the European Parliament. ... French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin with Edmund Stoiber Arnold Schwarzenegger with Edmund Stoiber Dr. jur. ... The Free State of Bavaria  (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ...


Gérard Depardieu. ... Michel Drucker (born September 12, 1942) is a popular French journalist and TV host. ... Bernard Pivot (born 5 May 1935) is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural television programmes. ...

See also

State decorations are orders, medals and other decorations granted by a state. ... A list of famous prizes, medals and awards including cups, trophies, bowls, badges, state decorations etc. ... List of famous Quebecers: citizens of the Canadian province of Quebec. ...

External link

  • National Order of Quebec website (in French)

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