In Canada...the resignation of the Liberal Opposition leader Pierre Trudeau has brought immediate political reaction.?
GV INTERIOR Parliament assembly in session
CU Mr. Joe Clark, Prime Minister speaking in English
GV Liberal leader and former Prime Minister Mr. Pierre Trudeau receives applause from the House
SV Mr. Trudeau speaking in English
CU Prime Minister Joe Clark speaking to newsmen at news conference
STEWART: "Finally, in an emotion-packed moment the House of Commons led by Clark unanimously passed a resolution urging Trudeau to remain on as a private member for Quebec and for Canada."
CLARK: "That this House express its gratitude and appreciation to the Right Honourable the Leader of the Opposition for his service to this House, to his Party and his country and express its hope that he will continue as the Right Honourable Member for Mount Royal to contribute his formidable talents to Parliament and to Canada."
STEWART: "The former Prime Minister noted that political bitterness was always more forced that real in the house and hoped Canadians would understand."
TRUDEAU: "It is an irony of our profession, and we are all aware that all of us who sit on...on the floor of the house, I suppose including yourself Mrs. Speaker, that people only really begin to admit our qualities when we're on the way out."
CLARK: "Eleven years is a long time to lead a party or to lead a country. He did that in a singular and a dramatic ways and has brought to the country some profound and permanent changes...I think particularly the reforms he introduced in relation to the Official Languages Act which will long end re as a signal accomplishment of his Government and one which naturally we intend to build on as a government."
REPORTER: MICHAEL STEWART
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Background: In Canada...the resignation of the Liberal Opposition leader Pierre Trudeau has brought immediate political reaction. Mr. Trudeau surprised Canada by announcing that in four months he will quit his place at the head of the Liberal Party. His resignation speech was quickly followed by a promise from the country's Prime Minister...Mr. Joe Clark...who said he would not take advantage of the Liberal's leadership crisis. And...although Mr. Clark's government has only a precarious one-vote working majority, the Prime Minister says he will not dissolve Parliament and call election before Mr. Trudeau's successor has been chosen. According to observers...the resignation of the former Prime Minister, 60 year-old Trudeau also means that in its turn, the Liberal Party will not try to topple Mr. Clark's Government. When Mr. Trudeau announced his decision to Liberal colleagues he was given a standing ovation. That ovation was echoed a few hours later when the entire House of Commons rose to cheer him.... The C.B.C.'s Michael Stewart reports.