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  Separatists in Quebec Rely on Votes of Migrants
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News DateThursday, December 8, 2005 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionViviane Barbot, a Haitian immigrant and parliamentary candidate for the separatist Bloc Québécois, was passing out leaflets at the city's northern Jarry subway station the other morning to the Chinese, Iranian, Moroccan, Vietnamese and Mexican immigrants rushing to work.

Suddenly a young man shouted out in Haitian Creole, "I know the Barbot family from Haiti!" Ms. Barbot smiled broadly, though just momentarily, because he then added: "I'm voting Liberal because they give us lots of gifts. If we elect the Bloc, they will take away our country."

For the separatist movement, turning around the sentiments in that exchange is a key to creating an independent Quebec in the future. For Prime Minister Paul Martin and his governing Liberal party, keeping them just as they are will be vital not only to winning the Jan. 23 election, but to winning a third separatist referendum that is expected in the next few years.
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