Lévesque, René
July 1976
Foreign Affairs;Jul1976, Vol. 54 Issue 4, p734
Launched in 1967-68, the Parti Québécois, whose platform is based on political sovereignty, now fills the role of Her majesty's loyal opposition in the National Assembly. In its first electoral test in 1970, it already had had 24 percent of the votes. Then in 1973, a second general election saw it jump to 30 percent, and, although getting only six out of 110 seats, become what British-type parliamentary system calls the official opposition, i.e., the government's main interlocutor and challenger. The present provincial government, a branch of that same Liberal Party which also holds power at the federal level under Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, is obviously on the way out. In brief, Quebec's most privileged links, aside from its most essential relationship with the Canadian partner, would be first with the United States where there is no imaginable reason to frown on such a tardy but natural and healthy development. Then Quebec would look to other francophone or "Latin" countries as cultural respondents, and to France herself who would certainly not be indifferent to the fact that this new nation would constitute the second most important French-speaking country in the world.


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