Stretch of Hwy. 132 renamed in honour of René Lévesque

A key stretch of highway 132 on Montreal's south shore will now be called Autoroute René-Lévesque.

Quebec's Toponymy Commission made that official on Thursday. The 25 km stretch of Highway 132 that runs from Candiac to the Lafontaine tunnel will now carry the name of the late Parti Québécois premier.

A number of politicians and historians pushed for the move, noting Lévesque's contributions to Quebec society. And Longueuil's mayor, former Bloc Québécois MP Caroline St-Hilaire, notes that a portion of the highway runs through his old provincial riding of Taillon, which he represented during his years as premier from 1976 to 1985.

"Residents of Longueuil can thank him for his contribution to the development of our city, which he represented during his many years at the National Assembly," she said.

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  1. George Ostrowski posted on 12/06/2013 10:33 AM
    More dumb separatist revisionist history BS.
    I'm sure ol' René would be embarrassed by all this re-naming crap.

    When are they going to change the name of Montreal to Ville-René-Levesque or
    Ville-Lionel-Groulx or Ville-Marois... so many choices, so many nails in our coffin.

    It's just more work for overpaid, separatist fonctionnaires chez l'office de topographie du quebec. Don't those dimwits in our provincial assembly have anything better to do?
    Oh yes, I forgot the "charter" let's harass the non French, non catholic, non white...
  2. DerekH posted on 12/06/2013 10:52 AM
    The gall to name a hwy after him. The should first remember Edgar Trottier that he ran over while not wearing his glasses and driving either too tired or slightly intoxicated. The blvd is already named after him.
  3. max posted on 12/06/2013 10:57 AM
    It's wonderfull to see the man honored. He did so very, very much for the Greater Toronto, and Ontario economy, more than any Ontario premier, or mayor of Toronto in history. He almost literally built Bay Street, the downtown Toronto core,
    and places like Oakville, also known as "little Montreal."
  4. KR posted on 12/06/2013 11:22 AM
    I think is more appropriate to renamed Hwy. 401 westbound in honour of René Lévesque, and Trans-Canada Highway west (all the way to Calgary) in honour of Pauline Marois.
  5. MP posted on 12/06/2013 11:48 AM
    I wonder what street will be name next.. Nothing else for them to do..Maybe rue Reine Marois.
  6. MJCockerline posted on 12/06/2013 11:50 AM
    Does this mean we get Dorchester Blvd back?
  7. More BS posted on 12/06/2013 01:05 PM
    Should call it highway to hell . He started the crap that got quebec where it is today.
  8. Drew posted on 12/06/2013 06:59 PM
    Is the 132 where they paved around a pole in the middle of the highway!!
  9. Karla Liebrandt posted on 12/07/2013 01:25 PM
    There is one street in Montreal already named after him. I think that is enough. Love him or hate him, he was a very pro-active person and the first Parti Quebecois government was a social success. We have seen nothing coming close from either party ever since then!
  10. Ti-Bob posted on 12/10/2013 12:11 PM
    Yikes....this means that they will probably remove any English words from the signs- like Street, Drive, Boulevard, North South East or West, and so the tourists that we desperately desire will go "wtf?" !
    Oh wait.....dey did dat ears ago mon homme. Carry on.
  11. jonico posted on 12/10/2013 02:44 PM
    Who cares, it'll be full of potholes in a few years anyway just like the rest of this depressing BROKE province
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