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Symbolism, song and semantics

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.

Strategists will use anything to capture hearts and minds of Quebec voters.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: May 13, 1980
Reporter: Don Murray
Duration: 8:14
Campaign ads: Oui Committee and Non Committee. Song "Gens du Pays" by Gilles Vigneault, SODRAC.

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