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Canada / Quebec Elections / Separatists Win / Reactions #486161

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 16, 1976
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(Studio) Parti Quebecois wins Quebec elections on Monday; reaction noted. Many now wonder if French separatists will begin moving toward Quebec independence.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Montreal, Canada) Contrasting reactions of Liberal party and Parti Quebecois on election night noted. Quebecois leader is Rene Levesque; today he tries to ease fears of English-speaking people with regard to separatism of Quebec. [LEVESQUE - says referendum his party suggests can't be gone into without making clear equities involved for both sides.] Levesque has promised referendum on separatism within 2 years
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy

(Studio) Canada Prime Min. Pierre Trudeau says Quebecois win only gives party right to form government in province, not to separate from Canada. Prospect of Quebec as North American country noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Toronto stock exchange affected by Quebec vote and uncertainty of future.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Toronto, Canada) It's bad day for Toronto stock market [Broker-investor Don BAINBRIDGE - notes sales in international market today; says uncertainty will probably stay 6 mos. to 2 years] Some fear business will leave Quebec. [Canada manufacturer's association Rod BILODEAU - says busmen. will remain cool re: matter and protect interests in province.]
REPORTER: Eric Burns

(Studio) Great Britain says if Quebec ever wants to secede from Canada, British parliament must approve it in long process. French say little with regard to election.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Burns, Eric;
Chancellor, John;
McCarthy, Lee

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