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Should Quebec Have its Freedompersuasion paper on why Quebec should be freeAt the end of October in 1995 Canada came close to finally breakingup Quebecker s took a vote on the 30th on whether or not their provinceshould declare itself an independent nation Most people and the mediabelieve that the separatists would loose The people drew these beliefs from asimilar election help in 1980 Although in this recent poll these scores weretoo close to call The separatists were defeated by a one percent lossThe reason this past election was so close is due mainly to the changeof leadership on the separatist side During the previous year before theelection the YES campaign had been led by Quebec s premier JacquesParizeau Parizeau is an economics professor and had led a ponderouscampaign since his Parti Quebecois PQ won provincial power 13 monthsearlier The No side led by provincial Liberal s leader Daniel Johnson waswinning with warnings of a slump and heavy job losses if Quebec brokeaway On October 9th Mr Parizeau realizing that his campaign was failinghanded over leadership of the separatists cause to Lucian Bouchard Bouchard was head of the Bloc Quebecois BQ a distinct federal levelparty which sweptt the polls in Quebec in the 1993 federal elections andwhose 53 members in the Ottawa parliament are second in number only to theruling liberals of Jean Chretien Already in June Parizeau had retreated from his outright separatiststance by agreeing with Bouchard and with Mario Dumont leader of a smallnationalist party to couple a declaration of sovereignty with an offer tonegotiate with residual Canada a form of political and economic partnershipsimilarly modeled on the European Union By naming Bouchard the chiefnegotiator of such a partnership during a year s grace period after a YESvictory the Quebec premier yielded center stage to his far more popular ally Bouchard gave full reign to his passionate goal Within a week opinion pollsshowed the YES vote climbing level with the NOes
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