Quebec independence back in spotlight as challenge of 17-year-old secession law goes to trial

MONTREAL – On the streets and around dining room tables, talk of Quebec independence has faded. A Léger Marketing poll published Saturday put support for sovereignty at just 36%, and the opposition Parti Québécois has ruled out another referendum if it wins the next election.

But in Montreal Monday, debate over separation was back in the spotlight as a challenge of a law asserting Quebec’s right to unilaterally secede finally came to trial in a courtroom that had the feel of a time...

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