Canada: No to Separatism

The specter of Quebec separatism has long haunted English-speaking Canadians. The secession of the large French-speaking province would sunder the country geographically, making it difficult, if not impossible, for Canada's remaining nine provinces to hold together. But in last week's elections for a new provincial assembly, Quebec voters said no to separatism.

Benefiting from a four-way fragmentation of the vote, the strongly anti-secessionist Liberal Party won 72 seats out of 108, a 27-seat increase over its 1966 results. The ruling National Union Party, which had straddled the separatism issue, lost 38 of its 55 seats, while the right-wing federalist Créditiste...

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