On Monday, 15th November, Canadians in Quebec Province will elect a new government. Opinion polls?
CUs Newspaper reports and opinion poll posters (5 shots)
GV Quebec Party headquarters (2 shots)
CU Rene Levesque speaking to reporter
MVs Posters outside Union Nationale headquarters (4 shots)
CU Rodrigue Brion speaking to newsmen
GV Liberal Party headquarters (2 shots)
MV Premier Robert Bourassa speaks to Canada Club members (5 shots)
MURRAY: "The next war of the polls has heated up again. Today's contradictory results from the province's leading poll holding houses isn't surprising. Last spring they also got out simultaneous polls showing equally conflicting results. One reason this time may be the large number of undecided voters. Over 30 per cent. Less than 10 days before the election. But whether first or second the Parti Quebecois is very strong and Rene Levesque underlined the corollary. The Liberals are slipping badly.
LEVESQUE: "The (indistinct) is at the kind of absurd majority of 73 that I think was to blow us up and the government have abused shamelessly. That's one thing we won't see this year and that's very good."
MURRAY: "One thing the two polls do agree on is the strong resurgence of the Union Nationale. From less than five per cent in 1973 it's moved to ten per cent and its vote seems to be growing."
RODRIGUE BIRON: "This gallup pool has been made about ten days ago and before the beginning of the campaign -- before Mr. Bourassa changed his mind on Bill 22, and it was the only thing that we were expecting at the beginning of the campaign but it's proved that only Union Nationale is coming up, all the other parties are going down. So that's very interesting and if you make a gallup poll today you'll see a lot of difference because we are the party who goes up right now."
MURRAY: "The Liberal reaction was short and stoic. The poll, that really counts, said a spokesman, is the one of November the 15th."
BALZAY: "Bourassa spoke to the Canadian Club in Montreal as part of the Liberal establishment. But even here the premier was on the defensive. To justify his language legislation Bill 22 Bourassa asked English speaking Quebecers to remember the sixties when there were bombs in the mailboxes. He said his government had eliminated political violence by promoting the French voter. He said if Bill 22 were abolished there would be more extremism. Bourassa said the next few days are perhaps the most important for the future of Canada, for a vote for the Parti Quebecois wold be a vote to break up the country."
DON MURRAY/DAVID BALZAY
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Background: On Monday, 15th November, Canadians in Quebec Province will elect a new government. Opinion polls have the two main parties -- the ruling Liberals and the Parti Quebecois neck and neck in popularity. The Union Nationale -- which gained only five per cent of the vote in 1973, has increased its possible vote to 10 per cent of the population. Liberal leader, Premier Robert Bourassa, wasn't commenting on the polls when he spoke to the Canada Club this week but his opponents, Parti Quebecois leader, Rene Levesque, and Union Nationale leader, Rodrigue Biron weren't so reticent. Don Murry and David Balzay report.