Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe addressed students at Memorial University today. Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe told a group of Memorial University students this afternoon that if Newfoundland wanted to separate from Canada, it would be this province's decision to make.
When asked by a student whether he thought other provinces like Newfoundland and Alberta might follow Quebec's lead if it became a sovereign nation, which could lead to a complete breakdown of Canada, Duceppe pointed out what he feels are differences between the two provinces in the east and west.
"I would say that Newfoundland was once a nation … so, it's different from Alberta, but it's your decision," Duceppe said. "I don't want to talk about what you have to decide. It's your own decision."
He further elaborated that people in Alberta and New Brunswick, although the provinces have differences, will say "We're Canadian," but in Quebec, people say "We're Quebecers."
Duceppe is touring the country 20 years after the failure of the Meech Lake Accord to gauge Canadians' views on the idea of Quebec becoming a sovereign nation.
He was originally scheduled to speak in a classroom to political science students and professors at MUN, but there was so much interest, his talk was moved to a lecture room in the Engineering Building to accommodate a broader audience of students.
For full story, see Thursday's Telegram.