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Pierre Trudeau speaks out against Quebec sovereignty

"À la prochaine fois!" ("Until next time!") promised René Lévesque after the 1980 Quebec referendum. Fifteen years later, on Oct. 30, 1995, Quebec and the rest of Canada faced that "next time" as Quebecers decided whether to separate from Canada. Though they voted to stay by the narrowest of margins, the referendum provoked questions about Canadian identity and Quebec's place in Confederation. CBC Archives relives a period when this country very nearly split apart.

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The former prime minister rejects Quebec's bid for independence.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Nov. 6, 1995
Guests: Lloyd Axworthy, Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Jason Moscovitz
Duration: 2:19

Last updated: October 10, 2013

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