1995 – Quebec Independence Referendum

1995 – Quebec Independence Referendum

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After the Parti Quebecois’ victory under Jacques Parizeau in the 1994 election and the triumph of Lucien Bouchard’s Bloc Quebecois in Quebec at the 1993 federal election, another referendum on Quebec independence was inevitable. The idea was initially unpopular and debate surrounding the referendum question and the style of the yes campaign lead to the referendum date being pushed back to autumn 1995. Parizeau has decided to go ahead with the referendum for October 30th and although the yes campaign is behind there is some expectation that Bouchard’s involvement in the campaign will give yes a boost. Will the no side hold on or will the yes side realise their long held dream?

Le Comité National du OUI

  • Premier Jacques Parizeau MNA (Parti Quebecois)
  • Hon. Lucien Bouchard MP (Bloc Quebecois)
  • Mr. Mario Dumont MNA (Action Democratique du Quebec)

Comité des Québécoises et des Québécois pour le NON

  • Hon. Daniel Johnson MNA (Parti Liberal du Quebec)
  • P.M. Jean Chretien MP (Liberal Party of Canada)
  • Hon. Jean Charest MP (Progressive Conservative Party of Canada)

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1997 – Welsh Devolution Referendum

1997 – Welsh Devolution Referendum

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Wales overwhelmingly rejected a devolved assembly in 1979 by a margin of 80%-20%. After Tony Blair won the general election of May 1997, part of his vision for a ‘New Britain’ includes devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales. Scotland is very likely to accept both a Parliament and tax raising powers for a devolved parliament but Wales tends to be more sceptical of devolution. Labour and the Liberal Democrats are pushing hard for a yes vote and Plaid Cymru has reluctantly accepted Labour’s proposals even though they don’t think the plans go far enough. Meanwhile the no campaign is mainly made up of Conservatives but was formed by dissident Labour members, Carys Pugh and Betty Bowen, in the working class Labour stronghold of the Rhondda. They are less well organised than the establishment backed yes campaign but are nevertheless confident of victory. Can the yes campaign win in Wales or will the no side deal the first blow to Tony Blair and his New Labour government?

Yes For Wales Campaign

  • Rt. Hon. Ron Davies MP (Labour)
  • Rt. Hon. Dafydd Wigley MP (Plaid Cymru)
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP (Labour)
  • Mr. Leighton Andrews (Labour)

Just Say NO Campaign

  • Professor Nick Bourne (Conservative)
  • Mrs Carys Pugh (Labour)
  • Dr Tim Williams (Labour)
  • Mr. Robert Hodge

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