Canada: A Separatist Split-Up

Sovereignty for Quebec was the rallying cry that helped carry Premier René Levesque and his Parti Québécois to power eight years ago. When Levesque declared last week that the goal of independence had to give way to bread-and-butter issues, he split his party and possibly jeopardized his eight-seat majority in Quebec's provincial parliament. Five cabinet ministers resigned, two legislators bolted, and half a dozen others threatened to quit the party. The defectors included Finance Minister Jacques Parizeau and Social Affairs Minister Camille Laurin, an author of the law that imposed...

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