April 5, 1996 |
For a quarter of a century, Quebec delegations have worked as sort of shadow embassies and consulates to their Canadian counterparts. They have served to remind the world of Quebec's distinct place as the center of French language and culture in North America, to promote trade and investment, and, when a separatist government is in power in Quebec City as it is now, they tout the province's aspirations toward independence from the rest of Canada.
January 30, 1996 |
Separatist leader Lucien Bouchard was sworn in as premier of Quebec on Monday, vowing to lead the French-speaking province to independence from Canada after first bringing it financial stability.
November 22, 1995 |
The Quebec separatist movement received a boost Tuesday when charismatic leader Lucien Bouchard declared his candidacy for premier of the French-speaking Canadian province. Virtually all other leading candidates for the post have already said they will step aside for Bouchard. He is expected to assume the job in mid-January, after first being acclaimed leader of the ruling Parti Quebecois and winning election to the provincial Parliament in a district surrounding the town where he grew up.
November 10, 1995 |
From the way it played on the evening news here, one might assume the fate of Canada rests with a 36-year-old American from Orange County who now lives in Montreal. At least, that was how anchorman Peter Mansbridge, tongue slightly in cheek, framed the story naming Audrey Best as the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s "newsmaker of the week" last Friday. Best is married to Lucien Bouchard, 56, the politician who led Quebec separatists tantalizingly close to their goal of independence from Canada in the province's Oct. 30 referendum.
November 1, 1995 |
Jacques Parizeau, the separatist premier of Quebec, announced his resignation Tuesday, less than 24 hours after his forces fell just short of winning the right to take the French- speaking province out of Canada. Parizeau, 65, denied that his decision was influenced by the avalanche of criticism that struck him for a speech he made after the ballots were counted, in which he blamed "money and the ethnic vote" for thwarting the nationalist ambitions of French-descended Quebeckers.
October 31, 1995 |
The narrow defeat suffered by Quebec's separatists in Monday's referendum means that the ongoing threat of separation, poised over Canada like a guillotine, will continue to influence every major national political and economic decision in the foreseeable future. Each will be measured at least in part, if not first and foremost, for its potential impact on Quebec's mercurial voters.