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08/27/2014 11:46 EDT | Updated 10/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Robert Bourassa to get Montreal street named in his memory

A section of University Street in downtown Montreal is expected to be renamed in honour of former Quebec premier Robert Bourassa.

The former Liberal premier left his stamp on Quebec politics, becoming the youngest premier of Quebec in 1970.

He suffered a humiliating defeat to René Lévesque and his Parti Québécois in 1976, but after fighting for the successful "No" side of the 1980 referendum, Bourassa returned to politics and was elected as premier once again in 1985.

It’s expected that six blocks of University Street between René-Lévesque and Notre-Dame would be redubbed in honour of the long-serving premier.

“We can agree or disagree with [Bourassa’s] work, but either way he left a mark on Quebec history,” Mayor Denis Coderre said.

Bourassa’s relatives are expected to gather at Montreal City Hall Wednesday evening, to hear Coderre make the announcement official.

The name change will then go to the city’s Toponymy Commission, which will handle the details of the name change.

Robert Bourassa died in 1996.

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