Jacques-Yvan Morin

Jacques-Yvan Morin, professor, politician, nationalist (b in Québec C 15 July 1931). He undertook graduate studies in law at McGill U, Cambridge and Harvard. He was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1953 and became professor of international and constitutional law at U de M in 1958.

Morin, Jacques-Yvan

Jacques-Yvan Morin, professor, politician, nationalist (b in Québec C 15 July 1931). He undertook graduate studies in law at McGill U, Cambridge and Harvard. He was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1953 and became professor of international and constitutional law at U de M in 1958. He focused his attention on international law and the nature of FEDERALISM, and was involved in the arbitration of numerous labour disputes in Québec.

Between 1964 and 1968 he was a member of the Cour international d'arbitrage at the Hague, Netherlands, as well as several other associations dealing with international legal issues. In 1964 Morin began advocating a highly decentralized form of federalism for Canada, a genuine "confederation". He presided over the États généraux du Canada français between 1966 and 1969, and the Mouvement national des Québécois, championing the ideology of SOVEREIGNTY-ASSOCIATION advocated by the PARTI QUÉBÉCOIS.

He ran unsuccessfully as a PQ candidate in the 1970 election, but was elected in 1973 to the National Assembly, where he was leader of the Opposition for the Parti Québécois. Following the PQ victory in Nov 1976, Morin was appointed vice-premier. Between 1976 and 1985, he headed up several ministries, including those of education, 1976-80, cultural and scientific development, 1980-82 and intergovernmental affairs, 1982-85. He retired from active politics in 1985 to pursue his scholarly interests and teach constitutional law at U de Montréal.