Parti Québécois Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is asking on the federal govt to delight in public all documents linked to the blueprint it dealt with the aftermath of the PQ’s election in 1976. The decision comes after CBC News printed U.S. Direct Division documents that shed unusual light on that time.
Parti Québécois Chief Paul St-Pierre Plamondon is asking on High Minister Justin Trudeau’s govt to delight in public all documents linked to how his father dealt with the aftermath of the PQ’s provincial election victory in 1976.
In an interview with CBC News, St-Pierre Plamondon stated his celebration will desk a motion in Quebec’s National Assembly calling for the documents to be turned over.
“The search information from we will acquire a blueprint to delight in within the National Assembly via a motion will seemingly be particular to that match,” he stated.
St-Pierre Plamondon’s name comes after CBC News printed the existence of once-secret U.S. Direct Division documents that shed unusual light on how Pierre Trudeau’s govt responded to the sovereignist PQ’s rise to energy in 1976.
In a telegram dated Dec. 22, 1976, minute extra than a month after René Lévesque grew to turn into premier, U.S. Ambassador Thomas Enders stated Trudeau could presumably presumably even be taking a extra aggressive strategy to facing the fledgling PQ govt.
Enders stated Paul Desmarais, head of Vitality Corporation and one of Quebec’s top enterprise leaders, told him Trudeau had urged that Desmarais “delight in it as tough as that it is likely you’ll presumably presumably possibly also consider” for the PQ govt by transferring jobs out of Quebec and rising unemployment.
Vitality Corporation says it did now not transfer jobs out of Quebec at the time.
The Direct Division records delight in been declassified several years within the past and no longer too long within the past republished as phase of the Direct Division’s International Relations of the United States collection.
Canadian federal cupboard minutes for the period delight in been made public — on the opposite hand it is no longer identified what number of assorted memos, letters, telegrams or assorted documents concerning that period live leisurely closed doorways.
Pierre Trudeau turned over huge records to Library and Archives Canada nonetheless mighty of that collection remains closed, with obtain proper of entry to granted only to researchers who delight in the permission of his property.
Assessments differ on how mighty weight to give the U.S. Direct Division documents.
Jean-François Lisée, who scoured thousands of U.S govt documents for his guide In the Leer of the Eagle — and who went on to lead the PQ — stated the documents are a bombshell that report how some distance Pierre Trudeau was once engaging to glide to counter the sovereignist govt.
Old-fashioned Trudeau cupboard minister Marc Lalonde, within the period in-between, stated the ambassador’s myth of his conversation with Desmarais did now not have faith what the government was once telling enterprise leaders at the time, or together with his have conversations with Desmarais.
Ted Johnson, a former Trudeau aide who went on to turn into an executive with Vitality Corporation, stated he would now not consider Trudeau would delight in urged that Desmarais transfer jobs out of Quebec.
“The premise that Pierre would delight in been suggesting that folk capture in that roughly subterfuge — lift your framework nonetheless transfer issues out — I will be able to not consider him ever suggesting that,” stated Johnson, who serves as vice-chair of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
St-Pierre Plamondon, on the opposite hand, stated he believes the telegram sent by Enders is an apt myth of what Desmarais stated.
“The human brain, the memory is no longer designed to delight in apt recollections of information that took instruct 40 years within the past,” stated the PQ leader. “That’s why documents are extra priceless.”
Plamondon stated the documents additionally cite particular unemployment figures.
“That would now not survey cherish something that has been cited out of context — particularly when it comes to American diplomacy, on myth of People had no curiosity within the promotion within the independence of Quebec,” he stated. “They had no curiosity in inventing information.”
Whereas some push apart the documents as old history, St-Pierre Plamondon stated they are extraordinary of a political attitude toward Quebec that persists — a willingness to weaken Quebec’s economy within the name of national solidarity.
“Concern was once a determinant factor in how the (federalists) won the two referendums and that concern is induced by measures cherish spirited jobs away from Quebec (or), threatening to attain so,” he stated.
Bloc Québécois MP Stéphane Bergeron, who raised the dispute within the Dwelling of Commons Tuesday, stated he was once “pretty scandalized nonetheless no longer in reality bowled over” when he read the Direct Division documents.
“For a collection of years we delight in had indicators that the federal govt intentionally would now not favour — even goes to this level as to disadvantage Quebec’s economy,” he stated, including the documents offer proof.
Bergeron stated the federal govt’s economic discrimination in opposition to Quebec has continued over the years in all the issues from shipbuilding to textiles, and in what he called Ottawa’s failure to stand up strongly for the supply management system.
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