Ralliement national

Ralliement national (RN) (in English: "National Rally") was a separatist[1] and right-wing populist[2] provincial political party that advocated the political independence of Quebec from Canada in the 1960s.

Ralliement national
Founded13 March 1966
Dissolved14 October 1968
Merged intoParti Québécois
IdeologyQuebec separatism
Right-wing populism

The party was led by former créditiste Gilles Grégoire. Unlike the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale led by Pierre Bourgault, a left-wing party, the Ralliement national was more right of centre on the political spectrum.

The Ralliement national was formed in 1966 following a merger between the Regroupement national (a dissident wing of Bourgault's RIN) and a pro-independence group that broke away from the Ralliement des créditistes in 1965.

In the 1966 Quebec general election, the Ralliement national and the Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale won about 8.8% of the popular vote and no seats.

In 1968, the Ralliement national agreed to merge with René Lévesque's Mouvement souveraineté-association to form the Parti Québécois under Lévesque's leadership.

After that, Pierre Bourgault disbanded the RIN and invited its members to join the new PQ. At that point, sovereigntist forces in Quebec were united, and three elections later, the PQ won the 1976 Quebec general election, with historic consequences.

Election resultsEdit

General election # of candidates # of seats won % of popular vote
1966 90 0 3.21%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cameron I. Crouch (2010). Managing Terrorism and Insurgency: Regeneration, Recruitment and Attrition. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-135-23018-0.
  2. ^ Garth Stevenson (2004). Unfulfilled Union, 5th Edition: Canadian Federalism and National Unity. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-7735-3632-6.

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