À la prochaine fois: The 1980 Quebec Referendum
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.
La prochaine fois: coming soon?
Ten years after the 1980 referendum, support for sovereignty is soaring once again.
Canadian kids talk about the 1980 Quebec referendum
Kids from Western Canada tell CBC Radio what the referendum means to them.
World reaction to Quebec referendum results
A look at international coverage of the Quebec referendum results.
Referendum gives Trudeau momentum for change in 1980
Federal and provincial leaders say that now the referendum is over, the real work must begin.
Emotions spill out onto Quebec streets after Quebec referendum
An eyewitness account of the celebrations and anger that ran late into the night of the referendum.
Claude Ryan leads ‘No’ side to victory
The Quebec Liberal leader triumphs for the "No" campaign in the 1980 Quebec referendum.
Referendum boxing match
Partisan pugilists ply political punches.
Can Quebec afford to go it alone?
A panel of experts discusses the economics of sovereignty-association.
American views on the 1980 Quebec referendum
Ann Medina says Americans are either uninterested or biting their tongues.
Trudeau promises a renewed Confederation
At an enormous rally before the referendum vote, the prime minister vows that a No vote will lead to change.
Symbolism, song and semantics in the 1980 Quebec referendum
Strategists will use anything to capture hearts and minds of Quebec voters.
1980 Referendum campaign ads sell competing visions of Quebec
Yes and No sides spend $800,000 each to woo the undecided.
The English opinion
Most of English Quebec is voting No as a block. The rest are sometimes called traitors.
Federal leaders speak out as 1980 Quebec Referendum date is set
The date is set, and political foes send out dire messages about what is at stake.
Quebec women rally against separation
The "Yvettes" stage a massive rally for the No side.
Violence and accusations mar campaigning in Quebec referendum
Pipe bombs destroy billboards, and there are allegations of improper spending.
Courting the English Yes
Some compare separatist anglophones to "chickens for Col. Saunders"
English vs. French?
Anglo-Quebecers overwhelmingly oppose sovereignty, and there are fears the debate is turning racist.
Is the referendum question fair?
Callers from across the country debate the Quebec referendum question.
Quebec’s referendum question is chosen
The architects of sovereignty draw on toothpaste marketing and Reader's Digest surveys to word the question.
Quebec wants ‘a new deal’ with 1980 Referendum
A provincial white paper explains "sovereignty-association" and urges Quebecers to vote for independence.
What is ‘sovereignty-association’?
Claude Morin, Quebec minister of intergovernmental affairs, explains how he thinks sovereignty-association would work.
Pierre Trudeau vs. René Lévesque
The opposing leaders of the referendum fight come from similar backgrounds.
Governing by referendum
In 1948, a referendum gave Canada a new province. Could it take one away in 1980?
René Lévesque speaks in New York about Quebec separation
Lévesque tells American businessmen and Canadian TV viewers that the tide of separatism cannot be stopped.