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Quebec's separatists had won

By Bernard Simon   December 1995

In the run-up to Quebec’s referendum, Canadians debated tortuously whether and how the French-speaking province could leave their 128-year-old federation. Did the constitution make any provision for a break? What legal obstacles could be employed to block secession? How would the national debt be divided? Could Quebec continue to use the Canadian dollar? It was all very stimulating, if inconclusive.

Meanwhile, politicians in Quebec City were ready for action. With opinion polls moving in their favour, the separatist leaders started to behave as if their dream of a new French-speaking country in North America was about to become a reality.…

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