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Born in Montreal, Quebec, he was the director of Le Devoir, a French-language newspaper available in the province of Quebec, from 1964 to 1978. During his tenure at the head of the editorial staff he became known for his probity and his mastery of contemporary political issues. His advice was sought by nearly all the provincial governments of Quebec, left or right, and by opposition parties.
As Liberal leader he led the defeat of the 1980 Quebec referendum on sovereignty against René Lévesque, but then led his party to defeat in the 1981 election and never became Premier of Quebec. After the Liberals regained power under Robert Bourassa in the 1985 election, Ryan served as Minister of Education.
While many in English Canada might remember him for his work against the establishment of a completely independent Quebec, separate from Canada, those who followed his career, as a publisher and later as a politician, have noted that he was also totally opposed to the existing federal status quo, which he considered as too centralized, despite statements to the contrary by the then prime minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
After his death, he was the target of bitter insults by controversial sovereignist film director Pierre Falardeau. Falardeau's comments met with general disapproval from all sides of the political spectrum.
- Politics of Quebec
- List of Quebec general elections
- List of Quebec leaders of the Opposition
- Timeline of Quebec history
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