NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 22, 1978
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(Studio) Quebec and separation from Canada featured.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Montreal, Quebec) Predominance of French in Quebec noted; said, however, to have minority of power. Film shown. Rene Levesque election to president of Quebec said large factor in Quebec's move for independence. Bill 101 detailed, include use of French as business language, on signs, in schools. [STUDENT - recites in French.] Cultural policy paper said forthcoming. [Quebec minister Camille LAURIN - tells why Quebec wants independence.] Conflict between French and English noted as core problem. Henry Belle family featured. [Anne BELLE - is fed up.] [Henry BELLE - resents pressure on English people.] Effect of conflict on Montreal and housing market there noted. Many who speak English and many businesses owned by English speaking firms said moving from Quebec. Money also said moving. Size of Quebec shown. Separation from Canada said not desired by most in Quebec, but French major wants rights. [Cabinet member Marc LALONDE - believes such rights will come.] Whether Quebec people want separate county said to be decided in election before 1980.
REPORTER: Eric Burns