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Is the referendum question fair?

Do you want "a new agreement with the rest of Canada, based on the equality of nations"? That was the heart of the question placed before the people of Quebec in the May 20, 1980 referendum. René Lévesque's Parti Québécois was asking Quebecers for a mandate to negotiate "sovereignty-association", an idea that inflamed federalists and separatists alike. CBC Archives looks back at the vote that divided a province and changed a nation.

Callers from across the country debate the Quebec referendum question.
Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Country Checkup
Broadcast Date: Dec. 23, 1979
Announcer: Bob Karstens
Host: Wayne Grigsby
Duration: 10:09

Last updated: August 28, 2013

Page consulted on March 17, 2014

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