April 16, 2003 |
Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest, whose party swept the separatist Parti Quebecois from power, said he will soon unveil a transition government as the French-speaking province moves to launch cooperation with the rest of Canada. Charest's Liberals, who favor Canadian unity, won 76 seats in the Quebec legislature, against 45 seats for the Parti Quebecois and four for the conservative Action Democratique. The transfer of power is set for the last week of April.
June 13, 1995 |
Four days before the vote on the 2002 Winter Games, Quebec played a trump card Monday by announcing it had received the backing of the province's native groups. In an attempt to upstage North American rival and favorite Salt Lake City, the Quebec bidding committee called a news conference to present the grand chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Max One Onti Gros-Louis.
January 26, 1996 |
Aiming to weaken a separatist drive in Quebec, Prime Minister Jean Chretien named two Quebeckers to his Cabinet in the first ministerial shake-up of his term. Chretien changed 17 positions among 24 ministers, and the Cabinet now has six ministers from Quebec. Chretien has been widely criticized for not doing more to prevent a breakup of Canada. In October, federalists defeated a separatist referendum in Quebec by 50.6% to 49.4%.
April 22, 1991 |
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, threatened by growing pressure for Quebec's independence and shrinking public support, shuffled senior Cabinet ministers Sunday. The Conservative Party, in power since 1984, is mired in third place with 16% in opinion polls. Mulroney gave new jobs to half of the Cabinet's 40 members of Parliament.
December 26, 1989 |
An earthquake measuring 6.3 rumbled through a remote area in northern Quebec on Monday, but no injuries or deaths were reported, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
June 10, 1995 |
The separatist movement in Quebec got a boost Friday, while Ontario, Canada's most populous province, on Thursday took a sharp turn toward the political right. In Quebec, separatist leaders ended their bickering and formed a common front, unveiling an agreement in principle on a "common project" they will put to Quebeckers in an autumn referendum on sovereignty for Canada's French-speaking province.
May 31, 1990 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, again stressing the sensitivity of German reunification for Moscow, said Wednesday that he is bringing new ideas to discuss with President Bush this week on the future political and military status of a united Germany. "I will have some new thoughts by the time I am in Washington," Gorbachev said as he left for Washington after two days of talks, largely focused on the German issue, with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
July 24, 1990 |
The last time the French-speaking province of Quebec preoccupied itself with thoughts of independence, back in the 1960s and '70s, it was the labor militants, the flower children, the politicized teachers and the intellectuals who pressed the case for a break with English Canada. Missing were the business people. But today, one can hear the independentiste message by visiting some of Montreal's soaring post-modernist office towers and getting the word from titans of Canadian industry.
June 5, 1990 |
No solution to Canada's growing constitutional and linguistic problems emerged Monday as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney completed a second day of make-or-break talks with this country's 10 provincial premiers. Months of debate over a package of constitutional amendments has awakened such sharp bitterness over language issues in Canada that some analysts fear the country could finally split into French and English-speaking sub-states, as it last threatened to do 10 years ago.
October 28, 1992 |
Now that Canadian voters have roundly defeated their government's latest set of proposals for unifying the country--voting no in a rare and historic national referendum--important questions remain for America's northern neighbor: Will the French-speaking province of Quebec now move toward independence, making good on a decades-old threat and finally rupturing this often-fractious 125-year-old confederation?