In his first major speech since separatists defeated his party in the Quebec elections, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appealed to Canadians to maintain a united country.
GV: Trudeau arriving for speech.
SCU INTERIOR: Trudeau speaking.
GV: Quebec government members being sworn in (3 shots)
KOLBY (TRANSCRIPT): "His message was emotional -- identical in both english and French. We'll fight separation till the end. Quebec has chosen a new government not a new country. Canada is not about to turn its back on Quebec, sharing of power between Ottawa and the provinces will continue to be discussed, that it would be a serious illusion to consider more provincial power. He said Quebecers want a feeling of identity -- the question whether they can get that in Canada."
TRUDEAU (TRANSCRIPT): "Can this growth of freedom and independence be best assured by Canada, in Canada or by Quebec and Quebec alone ? Canadians must think about this important question now and they must deal with it, not only in words, but in deeds in attitudes. Concerning language of course, but also concerning fundamental issues, regional disparatives, social welfare."
MOSKOWITZ (TRANSCRIPT): "Nine men were sworn in today. All new comers to the national assembly. All from the Quebec City area all members of party Quebecois. Because these men were the first to be sworn in they were the first to take the oath of allegiance. An oath to serve Queen Elizabeth the second."
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Background: In his first major speech since separatists defeated his party in the Quebec elections, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appealed to Canadians to maintain a united country. As he was speaking in Ottawa on Thursday (25 November), nine of the pro-separatists Quebecois party, were in Quebec City being sworn as members of the national assembly. CBC's Ken Kolby and Kim Moskowitz report.