M998.48.167 | Canada?
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
1995, 20th century
Ink and felt pen on paper
23.6 x 27.5 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , various themes (1105)
Keys to History
The prospect of a Yes victory in the referendum was especially worrisome to English-speaking Canadians, who feared Canada would be dismantled as Québec acceded to independence, and a huge majority of them were very much opposed to this option. That eventuality is illustrated in the cartoon by a new stamp showing Canada without Québec.
The October 1995 referendum on Québec independence stirred the feelings of many Quebeckers. At the end of a very emotional campaign, this exercise in democracy resulted in a narrow victory for the No side, with 50.6% of the vote.
The October 30, 1995 referendum on independence was confined to Québec.
The referendum campaign took place in September and October 1995, and the vote itself was held on October 30.
Over 93% of eligible voters cast ballots in the referendum, a record turnout.