PQ to Harper: Only Quebec can decide its future on independence question

QUEBEC – Quebec’s Parti Quebecois government is lashing out at Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his government’s decision to fight a Quebec law that outlines its right to secede.

Alexandre Cloutier, the PQ’s minister of intergovernmental affairs, says the move is a “direct” and “devious” attack against the Quebec nation.

He says only Quebec and its own provincial legislature have the right to determine whether the province stays in Canada.

Cloutier says he will instruct government lawyers to do everything they can to fight the court challenge.

Bill 99 declares that a referendum vote that gets 50 per cent plus one in favour of independence should be considered enough to separate from Canada.

The federal government decided to file a legal intervention in a court challenge against the law last week.

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