Business In Quebec Is Voting With Its Feet

As fears of sovereignty rise, companies may cut back-or flee

Just a few months ago, Jack Kivenko had ambitious expansion plans for his family's Montreal-based Jack Spratt Manufacturing Inc., which makes jeans for the Canadian market. But with the Quebec separatist movement on a seemingly unstoppable roll, those plans have been canceled. It's a common tale for the hundreds of clothing manufacturers that make Montreal Canada's rag-trade capital. "There's so much political uncertainty," says Kivenko with a sigh, "that I can't imagine anyone investing long-term dollars."

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