At a three-day conference in Montreal on Sunday (29 MAY), Quebec's ruling Separatist Party moderated its policies on both domestic and foreign affairs in an effort to attract support for its goal of independence.
GV: delegates voting Parti Quebecois, conference, Montreal, Canada.
MV: television cameraman.
CU: delegates voting and clapping.
CU: woman delegate speaking against abortion resolution
MV: male delegates speaking in favour of resolution PULL BACK TO show delegates.
GV: delegates voting
CU: Renve Levesque, separatist party leader in foreground and other party delegates voting
CU: Levesque speaking CUT to crowd clapping. (2 shots)
MURRAY: "The delegates voted to get what amounted to free hand to the P.Q. cabinet to organise the referendum as it sees fit. They voted a resolution endorsing the French language charter, and they endorsed a new executive resolution on a foreign policy for an independent Quebec. Now the P.Q. will only consider pulling out of alliances like NATO. Before the P.Q. programme called for an immediate end to all military alliances. But on abortion the delegates drew the line. An eight part resolution produced the most lively debate of the day. And when it dame time to vote, each of the eight sections was adopted by narrow majorities. In seven of the eight cases, the P.Q. executive members found themselves on the losing side. But tonight, in his closing speech, Rene Levesque told the delegates flatly his government doesn't feel bound by the 'abortion on demand' resolution. He said the convention couldn't expect to decide a question which preoccupies all Quebecers. They were strong words and they got Levesque applause, but that applause came from only about half the delegates in the hall
REPORTER: DON MURRAY
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Background: At a three-day conference in Montreal on Sunday (29 MAY), Quebec's ruling Separatist Party moderated its policies on both domestic and foreign affairs in an effort to attract support for its goal of independence. The Parti Quebecois, or P.Q. adopted a less militant programme on most major issues, including the matter of Quebec's alliances. It also reconfirmed that a referendum would be held before any major steps were taken toward political separation from Canada. NBC's Don Murray reports.
Quebec's separatist party, the Parti Quebecois, led by M. Rene Levesque won a resounding victory in last November's provincial election. M. Levesque wants eventual independence for the French-speaking province. M. Pierre Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister said the election result gave the winners a mandate only to form a provincial government, not to separate Quebec from Canada.