AP NEWS
Related topics

Quotes on Monday’s independence referendum on Quebec

October 30, 1995

Comments on Monday’s independence referendum in Quebec:

``We demonstrated in Quebec that we are a democracy, that we can talk to each other, that we can tackle questions that are very, very important to all of us, that are close to our hearts, while maintaining respect for each other.″ _ Separatist leader Lucien Bouchard, after voting.

___

``It’s a very nice day and I’m in a good mood.″ _ Prime Minister Jean Chretien, leading federalist, after voting.

___

``Our contact with English Canada isn’t bad but we need a change... I’m not afraid. We have the guts to get back on track, even if our quality of life will dip in the next five years. It’s a long-term investment.″ _ Josee Bibeau, 30, francophone housewife from Montreal suburb of Verdun, explaining her `Yes’ vote.

___

``My country is Canada. This is very important to me. If the Yes vote wins ... I will shed tears. It will be the death of Canada.″ _ Annette Dupuis, 83, of Anjou, Quebec, explaining her `No’ vote.

___

``I’m sick of it all. It’s a waste of time and money. Whatever happens, the debate will continue, and half the population will be teed off.″ _ Richard Terry, 33, of Verdun, explaining his `No’ vote.

___

``Big companies are pulling out. I’ve been so busy the last few weeks hauling everything I can out of Quebec. Companies don’t want to be stuck in a country without a government.″ _ Tom Martin, an Ontario truck driver making a delivery in West Virginia, on likely economic turmoil in Quebec.

___

``Allowing bilingualism to continue to grow is very dangerous. We should insist on English as a common language. ... That’s what binds us together.″ _ U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, on lessons American should learn from Quebec separatism bid.

AP RADIO
Update hourly