Montreal (Qc) CANADA - File Photo - SEpt 16, 1995 -
Mario Dumont, Leader Action Democratique du Quebec (L),
Lucien Bouchard, Leader Bloc Quebecois (M),
Jacques Parizeau, Leader Parti Quebecois and Quebec Premier (L)
in a TV debate about the upcoming referendum
The 1995 Quebec referendum was the second referendum to ask voters in the Canadian province of Quebec whether Quebec should secede from Canada and become an independent state, through the question:
* Do you agree that QuÈbec should become sovereign after having made a formal offer to Canada for a new economic and political partnership within the scope of the bill respecting the future of QuÈbec and of the agreement signed on June 12, 1995?.
The 1995 referendum differed from the first referendum on Quebec's sovereignty in that the 1980 question proposed to negotiate "sovereignty-association" with the Canadian government, while the 1995 question proposed "sovereignty", along with an optional partnership offer to the rest of Canada.
The referendum took place in Quebec on October 30, 1995, and the motion to decide whether Quebec should secede from Canada was defeated by a very narrow margin of: 50.58% "No" to 49.42% "Yes".