René Chaloult

René Chaloult (January 26, 1901 December 20, 1978) was a nationalist politician in Quebec, Canada.[1]

René Chaloult
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Kamouraska
In office
Preceded byPierre Gagnon
Succeeded byLouis Philippe Lizotte
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Lotbinière
In office
Preceded byMaurice Pelletier
Succeeded byGuy Roberge
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Québec-Comté
In office
Preceded byFrançois-Xavier Bouchard
Succeeded byJean-Jacques Bédard
Personal details
Born(1901-01-26)January 26, 1901
Quebec City, Quebec
DiedDecember 20, 1978(1978-12-20) (aged 77)
Quebec City, Quebec


He was born on January 26, 1901 in Quebec City.

Political career

Chaloult first won a seat to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec as a Union Nationale candidate in the 1936 election in the district of Kamouraska. In 1937, he and colleagues Oscar Drouin, Joseph-Ernest Grégoire, Philippe Hamel and Adolphe Marcoux left the Union Nationale.[2] Chaloult joined the Liberals and won re-election in the 1939 election as the Member for the district of Lotbinière.

During World War II, Chaloult opposed conscription.

He won re-election as an Independent in Québec-Comté electoral district in the 1944 and 1948 elections, but was defeated in the 1952 election and in the district of Jonquière-Kénogami in the 1956 election.

Chaloult retired to live at his summer home in Kamouraska. Each year on July 1, he would fly the Quebec flag outside his summer home at half-staff to show his nationalist inclinations.


He died on December 20, 1978.


For many years, Chaloult urged Quebec to adopt a distinctive design for its flag. On November 19, 1946, Chaloult entered a motion to provide Quebec with a unique flag. Two years later, the motion was to be voted on January 21, 1948. However, the opportunistic government of Maurice Duplessis instead issued a decree creating the current Quebec flag.[3]


  1. "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
  2. Chronologie parlementaire depuis 1791 (1937-1939)
  3. "70 ans pour le drapeau national du Québec". Société Radio-Canada. January 19, 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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