According to American diplomatic documents, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau attempted to punish Quebecers for voting for the Parti Quebecois in 1976. Quebec Premier Francois Legault said that the revelation was very worrying.
Current Primer Minister Justin Trudeau has refused to comment on the allegations against his father. According to the documents released by American officials in Washington, Pierre Trudeau wanted to increase unemployment in Quebec to 15 to 20 percent to harm the independence movement.
The documents further stated that Trudeau wanted Canadian empire activities and investments to be redirected outside of Quebec. However, the Power Corporation of Canada has denied the claims saying they never fulfilled Trudeau’s wishes.
The Bloc Quebecois in the House of Commons tried to get Justin Trudeau’s reaction about the Trudeau method of hurting Quebec. Stephane Bergeron, a Bloc member, demanded to know what the current prime minister thinks about his father’s behavior.
However, Prime Minister Trudeau refused to comment, saying that he didn’t wish to start a historical debate with Bloc Quebecois. He added that there was an important issue about the ongoing pandemic.
Parti Quebecois, however, insists that the federal government should release all necessary documents. PQ leader Paul St-Plamondon said that the federal government has consistently discredited Quebec and Quebecers that they are not competent enough like other people to have democracy.
Paul St-Plamondon listed examples of how the federal government attempted to harm Quebec. They included the imprisonment of innocent Quebecers, illegal espionage of PQ by federal agents even plans B by the Chretien government to counter separatists.