OTTAWA—Quebec is a very interesting province for many reasons, not least of which is the tremendous change in the role of religion over time. It is no exaggeration to state that the Catholic church ruled the roost for centuries, telling Quebecers how to live, how to procreate, and who to vote for. This dominance came crashing down in the wake of the Quiet Revolution, a period beginning in the 1960s that was characterized by socio-political and socio-economic change and a sharp veering toward secularization. Never again would the church be the predominant arbiter over the province’s inhabitants.
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