CANADA: Trudeau Goes It Alone

Rejected by the provinces, he turns to Parliament for his reforms

When the voters of French-speaking Quebec rejected Premier René Lévesque's attempt to lead their province out of Canada in last May's referendum, the relief was palpable throughout the country. Yet few Canadians were under any delusion that the verdict would mean a return to business as usual. With support of the premiers of the nine other provinces, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau made what he called "a most solemn commitment" in return for the non to separatism: "We will immediately take action to renew the constitution and will not stop until...

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