Quebec separatists put pressure Saturday on their leader, Premier Lucien Bouchard, to pledge that he will hold another referendum on secession if their party wins re-election.
Bouchard, though a strong advocate of breaking away from Canada, has been saying he would call for a referendum only when convinced that "winning conditions" exist. Twice since 1980, separatists have lost secession referendums, most recently by a slim margin in 1995.
Delegates at a meeting of the Parti Quebecois adopted a resolution Saturday saying Bouchard's government, if re-elected in the next provincial election, must hold a referendum.
The election is expected either late this fall or next spring.