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Referendum boxing match

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.

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It cost ten dollars to watch the 48 second fight between representatives of the Yes and No sides, with a speech as the prize.  When Reggie Chartrand, a former professional boxer with a reputation as a street fighter finished off federalist opponent André Beauchamp, he said he hoped the victory for the Yes side of the referendum would be as quick.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: May 18, 1980
Guests: André Beauchamp, Reggie Chartrand
Reporter: Melvin McLeod
Duration: 2:12

Last updated: May 20, 2014

Page consulted on May 20, 2014

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