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SEPARATISTS PUSH FOR SECESSION VOTE

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.

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