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'Two Solitudes' author discusses separatism

In the 1960s, René Lévesque made the prospect of a separate Quebec a reality. A shrewd politician, he gathered enough support to start the first sovereignty party Canadians took seriously. The Parti Québécois thrived because of his hard work, charm and democratic approach. In an era when some preferred to use firebombs to get their point across, Lévesque wanted Quebecers to vote on separation. Although the Quebec premier lost his 13-year fight after the 1980 referendum, he is remembered for winning countless other victories for francophones.

Hugh MacLennan, speaking at a Canadian Club luncheon on January 9, 1978, comments on his reaction to the news of the planned move of the head office of Sun Life Assurance from Montreal to Toronto.  As we hear in this excerpt from that speech, on CBC radio's Sunday Magazine, he issues a warning, first made by Abraham Lincoln, about the dangers posed to "this marvelous land" if we do not pay heed to the current threat of separatism in Canada.
Levesque
Medium: Radio
Program: Sunday Magazine
Broadcast Date: Jan. 15, 1978
Guest(s): Hugh MacLennan
Host: Bob Oxley
Duration: 2:43

Last updated: April 10, 2013

Page consulted on December 5, 2013

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