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?
October 24, 1995 |
With one week remaining before voters in the French-speaking province of Quebec vote on whether to set themselves on the path to independence, Canadians are awakening to the possibility that their country is on the brink of fracture. The separatist campaign has closed a 10-point deficit in the polls, pulling into a virtual tie in surveys released over the weekend.
March 31, 1998 |
Dozens of rivers swollen by a rapid spring thaw crested their banks in southern Quebec, forcing about 600 people from their homes and causing at least one death, provincial officials said. "We are talking about 50 to 60 rivers that are affected," said Jean-Pierre Bazinet of Quebec's Civil Protection Agency. "What is unusual is that we have many floodings at the same time across a wide region."
May 11, 1996 |
Setting up a new confrontation with Quebec's separatists, the Canadian government announced Friday that it will take them on in court. Justice Minister Allan Rock said the federal government will intervene in a Montreal civil lawsuit and challenge separatist doctrine that Quebec voters alone can decide on the independence of the French-speaking province--without regard to Canada's constitution and without the consent of the rest of the country.
July 15, 1990 |
Armed Mohawk Indians embroiled in a land dispute with authorities agreed Saturday to lift a bridge blockade near Montreal after a provincial official promised to reduce the police contingent in this Quebec town. The agreement was announced after Quebec Native Affairs Minister John Ciaccia met for more than six hours with Indian representatives in an effort to end the dispute, which has left one police officer dead.
February 7, 1995 |
President Clinton was placed in the middle of Canada's struggle over Quebec independence Monday with a request by a leading separatist for a private meeting during the President's visit to Ottawa this month. Lucien Bouchard, leader of the opposition in Parliament, requested the session in a Friday letter to Clinton. The President is scheduled to arrive Feb. 23 for two days of meetings with Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other leaders.
June 10, 1990 |
Canada's leaders signed a tentative agreement to amend the constitution and grant special status to the French-speaking province of Quebec in an attempt to head off a brewing constitutional and linguistic crisis.
May 14, 1991 |
The government of Canada on Monday sketched the process it will use to try to keep this country from fracturing along regional and linguistic lines, a process that will begin with a set of proposed constitutional amendments to be unveiled in September.