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M998.48.167
© McCord Museum
Drawing, cartoon
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
M998.48.167
© McCord Museum

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.

What:

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.

Where:

The October 30, 1995 referendum on independence was confined to Québec.

When:

The referendum campaign took place in September and October 1995, and the vote itself was held on October 30.

Who:

Over 93% of eligible voters cast ballots in the referendum, a record turnout.

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