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persuasion paper on why Quebec should be free - At the end of October in 1995 Canada came close to finally breaking up Quebeckers took a vote on the 30th on whether or not their province should declare itself an independent nation Most people and the media believe that the separatists would loose The people drew these beliefs from a similar election help in 1980 Although in this recent poll these scores were too close to call The separatists were defeated by a one percent loss The reason this past election was so close is due mainly to the change of leadership on the separatist side During the previous year before the election the YES campaign had been led by Quebecs premier Jacques Parizeau Parizeau is an economics professor and had led a ponderous campaign since his Parti Quebecois PQ won provincial power 13 months earlier The No side led by provincial Liberals leader Daniel Johnson was winning with warnings of a slump and heavy job losses if Quebec broke away On October 9th Mr Parizeau realizing that his campaign was failing handed over leadership of the separatists cause to Lucian Bouchard Bouchard was head of the Bloc Quebecois BQ a distinct federal level party which sweptt the polls in Quebec in the 1993 federal elections and whose 53 members in the Ottawa parliament are second in number only to the ruling liberals of Jean Chretien Already in June Parizeau had retreated from his outright separatist stance by agreeing with Bouchard and with Mario Dumont leader of a small nationalist party to couple a declaration of sovereignty with an offer to negotiate with residual Canada a form of political and economic partnership similarly modeled on the European Union By naming Bouchard the chief negotiator of such a partnership during a years grace period after a YES victory the Quebec premier yielded center stage
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