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1995 Quebec referendum: 'What Mr. Parizeau has done is inconceivable'

"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.


Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Oct. 31, 1995
Host: Barbara Budd
Duration: 6:18

Last updated: November 23, 2012

Page consulted on October 10, 2013

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