Quebec Sovereignty

October 6, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 37
Will Secession Sink the Province and Weaken Canada?
By Mary H. Cooper


Voters in the French-speaking province of Quebec will soon decide whether or not to secede from Canada. In 1980, after a similar referendum was soundly rejected, separatists blamed defeat on fears that sovereignty in Quebec would lead to economic hardship. To lure voters this time, the ruling Parti Quebecois promises to maintain close relations with Canada after independence. But this pledge may prove empty, as English Canada is showing signs of frustration over Quebec's constant demands for special treatment. With most opinion polls indicating a close vote on Oct. 30, U.S. officials are remaining diplomatically silent about what happens in Canada. But the stakes are large: Canada is the United States' biggest trading partner.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Oct. 06, 1995  Quebec Sovereignty
Apr. 12, 1991  The Deepening Canadian Crisis Over Quebec
May 11, 1990  Will Canada Fall Apart?
Mar. 08, 1985  Canada's Time of Change
Dec. 24, 1981  Canada's Political Conflicts
Nov. 04, 1977  Quebec Separatism
Nov. 05, 1976  Canadian-American Relations
Oct. 18, 1972  Canadian Nationalism
Dec. 09, 1970  Canada's Troubled Economy
Feb. 04, 1970  Canada's Changing Foreign Policy
Jun. 12, 1968  Canadian Unity
Oct. 07, 1964  Canadian Separatism
Jun. 06, 1962  Canadian Election
May 29, 1957  Relations with Canada
May 06, 1941  Canada's War Effort
Jul. 18, 1930  Canadian General Election, 1930
Aug. 10, 1929  Canada and the American Tariff
Sep. 21, 1926  Canadian Politics and the Imperial Conference
Bilateral and Regional Trade
Regional Political Affairs: Canada