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    The results of elections in the Canadian province of Quebec have revealed massive opposition to moves for the separation of the predominantly French-speaking province from the rest of Canada.

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    The results of elections in the Canadian province of Quebec have revealed massive opposition to moves for the separation of the predominantly French-speaking province from the rest of Canada. Electors on Monday (October 29th) returned Premier Robert Bourassa's Liberal party to power with a huge majority, in an election regarded as a showdown between pro-separatists and pro-federalists.

    The Liberals -- whose policy was for Quebec to remain part of the Canadian federation of ten provinces -- had won 101 of the 110 National Assembly Candidacy seats by Wednesday night (October 31st). Party officials said the results went beyond even their most optimistic predictions.

    The Parti Quebecois, which was seeking an independent Quebec in economic association with Canada, won only six seats, and its leader Rene Levesque was defeated in his own constituency. But the party emerged as the official opposition with the erosion of two other parties, the Creditiste and the Union Nationals. The Union Nationals -- the official opposition in the last Assembly. failed to gain even a single seat, while the Creditiste was returned in only two seats.

    Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said "If I had to interpret this vote as a referendum, it would be a vote solidly for staying in Canada."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8C43QV993GKQL7PGAK485KPN
    Media URN:
    VLVA8C43QV993GKQL7PGAK485KPN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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