October 30, 1995 – Quebec separatists narrowly defeated

October 30, 1995 – Quebec separatists narrowly defeated

By a bare majority of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent, citizens of the province of Quebec vote to remain a province of Canada.

French-speaking Quebec has long considered itself culturally divided from the rest of Canada. The referendum was the most serious threat to Canadian unity in the country’s 128-year existence, carrying with it the possibility of losing nearly one-third of Canada’s population if the Oui vote won.

Quebec separatists refrained from violence after their narrow defeat.