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Today In History - October 30, 1995 - Quebec Secession Referendum Defeated in Close Vote

Posted on 10/30/2006 6:32:04 AM PST by MplsSteve

On October 30, 1995 a referendum was held in the Canadian province of Quebec.

The referendum asked voters if they were willing to separate from Canada but maintain a "partership" link if so desired.

Quebecers had long maintained that they had a strongly separate cultural identity from the rest of Canada and that their culture was being subverted.

After a month long battle, the NO side (backed by then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien) defeated the YES side (backed by Premier Jacques Parizeau and Bloc Quebecois leader Lucien Bouchard.

The NO side prevailed by only 54288 votes out of 4.7 million cast.

For more info on this referendum, I encourage you to go to this web site:

or read the book "Breaking Point" by Mario Cardinal.

TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: canada; quebec; referendum; secession

1 posted on 10/30/2006 6:32:06 AM PST by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
I like Quebec license plates:

Je ne me souviens

"I will never forget"

2 posted on 10/30/2006 6:40:17 AM PST by Victor (If an expert says it can't be done, get another expert." -David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister)
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The correct translation is: I Remember.

3 posted on 11/11/2006 9:49:30 AM PST by Republic_of_Secession.
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