Following the unexpected general election victory in Quebec Province by the Parti Quebecois, which wants to declare independence from the rest of canada, Federal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has finally warned against such a move.
SCU Parti Quebecois leader Rene Levesque speaking in French at election victory rally in Quebec City, Canada (with English translation over)
SCU Canadian Premier Pierre Trudeau talking to newsmen (in English)
"This country, Quebec, will be achieved only if an adult society, confident in itself, has approved it by referendum...a democratic referendum in a democratic form as we have promised."
"Out of respect for our democratic process, we must recognise Parti Quebecois' victory. If we are to take it at face value the assurances of the Parti Quebecois leader during the campaign, we must conclude that the people of Quebec did not vote on constitutional, but on economical and administrative issues and that Mr. Levesque and his party have been granted a mandate to form a government in the province, not to separate that province from the rest of Canada. I can only assume that Quebec's new government intends to follow both the letter and the spirit of the Canadian Constitution. Under such conditions, Mr. Levec and his cabinet will have my cooperation and that of my colleagues. In keeping with its constitutional responsibilities, the Federal Government will continue to serve the best interests of he people of Quebec even as it serves those of the other provinces. I am confident that Quebecers will continue to reject separatism because they still believe that their destiny is linked with an indivisible Canada."
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Background: Following the unexpected general election victory in Quebec Province by the Parti Quebecois, which wants to declare independence from the rest of canada, Federal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau has finally warned against such a move. A victory speech on Monday night (15 November) by Quebecois leader Rene Levesque in which he reminded the nation about the party's independence platform was swiftly followed by Mr. Trudeau's warning.