Premier Robert Bourassa of Quebec announced that he will not seek reelection next spring, a decision seen as a setback for the movement to keep the province together with the rest of Canada. Supporters of Bourassa, 60, who has battled cancer since 1990, credited him for easing tensions between English-speaking Canadians and the Francophones pushing for an independent Quebec. Bourassa, like former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, played a key role in steering public opinion in Quebec away from secession.
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