May 18, 1972 (28th Parliament, 4th Session)


Pierre Elliott Trudeau (Prime Minister)


Right Hon. P. E. Trudeau (Prime Minister):

Certainly, Mr. Speaker.
I have been warned that such was actually the interpretation put on my remarks. I should like hon. members who might be interested to read the actual text of my interview. I have it here but I will not quote from it. I can however reply to the hon. member's question by saying the matter was discussed within the context of difficulties our government might encounter, for instance, if holding an election several months from now, let us suppose in the fall, if the disturbances, and what the reporter called a semi-revolution or semi-disturbance, were to continue for several months, his actual words being "If this Quebec problem continues over the month".
My reply was that such a situation would not prevent us from holding an election in Quebec.
I was replying about a hypothetical case. However, I am very happy, Mr. Speaker, to be able to say that in my opinion that supposition is not materializing. The interview took place several days ago and the developments of the past few days indicate that, on the contrary, the Quebec government has shown considerable control of the situation and is indeed a strong government.
The supposition is therefore not materializing.

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