06/02/2015 03:22 EDT | Updated 06/01/2016 05:59 EDT

QuickSketch of late premier Jacques Parizeau

MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau died Monday night at the age of 84. Here is a brief look at the longtime sovereigntist hero:

Born: Aug. 9, 1930, in Montreal.

Education: Included studies at the Universite de Montreal's business school and at the London School of Economics.

Political career: Defeated in the 1970 and 1973 elections; elected in 1976 and 1981; finance minister, 1976-84; resigned in 1984; elected PQ leader, 1988; becomes premier, 1994; holds sovereignty referendum, October 1995; announces his intention to step down, October 1995; resigns, January 1996.

Quote: "Money and the ethnic vote." The reason Parizeau gave for the sovereigntist Yes side's narrow defeat in the Quebec referendum on Oct. 30, 1995.