Pierre Trudeau may have asked business leader to move jobs from Quebec, says U.S. State Department document | CBC News
A once-secret U.S. State Department document suggests that former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau may have asked one of Quebec’s top business leaders to “make it as tough as possible” for the newly elected Parti Québécois government in 1976 and to quietly move jobs out of the province.
In a telegram dated Dec. 22, 1976 — little more than a month after René Lévesque’s sovereignist Parti Québécois stunned the rest of Canada by sweeping into power — U.S. Ambassador Thomas Enders updated the State Department on the debate behind the scenes within Pierre Trudeau’s government. He said Trudeau might be considering a more aggressive approach to dealing with the fledgling PQ government.
“Despite what cabinet ministers say, Trudeau may still be emitting punitive signals on the Quebec…