Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yvon Charbonneau, Ex-Labour Leader and Former Liberal MP, Dead at 75

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yvon Charbonneau, Ex-Labour Leader and Former Liberal MP, Dead at 75

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Ex-labour leader, politician Yvon Charbonneau dies

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MONTREAL - Ex-Quebec union leader and Liberal MP Yvon Charbonneau has died at the age of 75.

His former union says Charbonneau passed away peacefully on Friday surrounded by family in a Florida hospital where he'd been since suffering a stroke on April 7.

Charbonneau was born in 1940 in the Laurentians community of Mont-Saint-Michel and spent two different stints at the helm of the Centrale de l'enseignement du Quebec, the province's main teachers' union.

He served as leader between 1970 and 1978 and again from 1982 to 1988.

In 1972, Charbonneau and fellow union leaders Marcel Pepin and Louis Laberge were ordered jailed for contempt of court for encouraging their members to defy injunctions to return to work during labour strife.

Charbonneau sat in the national assembly as a Liberal in the riding of Bourassa between 1994 and 1997 before representing the federal Liberals in Anjou-Riviere-des-Prairies between 1997 and 2004. …

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