The Quiet Revolution


In the past centuries, revolution was a term use mostly for overthrow of the government or a forced change in the social order. With the advancement of things, information became readily available and people started to understand revolution as dramatic change of things or systems. The old systems were old fashioned in their way of doing things and were prone to redundancy. There was dial need for change in most systems as people could now access information and understand things better. Especially after the Second World War, people feared for another war and started preparing for it. Their judgment was not clouded as they had seen the effects of the war and knew that some changes were needed in the systems that existed before the war. The end of the war marked the beginning of a period where many systems had to undergo tremendous changes. This was a revolution era. Revolutions were seen mainly in the security systems of various nations and the health care sectors. Countries wanted to be ready in the event of another war. The Quiet Revolution refers to the time between 1960 and 1966. Many people however say that this period extended to the early 1970s. This period was marked by swift social changes and adjustments on systems especially in the public sector.


Signs of the Quiet Revolution


In the years that followed the war, many people began to question the values of the Quebec society. There were strikes now and then that were aimed at opposing the traditional way of doing things and advocated for a change. Church leaders were in support of the need for changes. Income tax levy was introduced so as to get the funds for the changes that were being advocated for. This showed the weight of the matters being fought for by the workers.


The new state of things


The role of the state remained unchanged. Maurice Duplessis took the responsibility of all the provincial issues. Very little power was given to his ministers. He left the church to do the social work. Charitable organizations and the church were left to aid the people with social issues like hunger and sickness. In 1960 Maurice rivals began to fight for the reforms that he had been against. The central government was forced to adopt principles that minded the welfare of the state. Legislations that would control the economy were enacted. The aim was aimed at bridging the gap between the have and the have nots.

 



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