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November 1, 1995
FULLY 93 PERCENT of Quebec's eligible voters turned out for the referendum on sovereignty. They really cared. The outcome was so close -- 49.44 percent in favor but 50.56 percent opposed -- that nothing was decided.Technically, the bid failed. The procedure pledged by the Quebec government will not go forward. But the separatists' gain from a 60-40 loss 15 years ago was so great that their message is to continue. They have no incentive now to make Canada work.Separatists' view in any country is that if you lose a plebiscite, you hold it again and again until you win it, and the first win will be permanent and irreversible.
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By Alan Widmann and Alan Widmann,Special to The Sun | June 23, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The United States' bid for its first world water polo championship since 1904 was ended, but not easily, by the aggressive defensive tactics of Quebec yesterday at the Naval Academy.Quebec took the United States out of its game while building three leads of three goals each. Quebec survived the last and strongest American rally to win, 9-8, for the championship of the first Women's Junior World Water Polo Invitational.Quebec, which has not lost to the U.S. junior team in four meetings (3-0-1)
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Staff Writer | January 30, 1993
LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals gave coach Terry Murray something he could have done without last night: another example of just how an NHL team can blow a two-goal lead without really trying.For the third straight game, the Capitals watched, almost calmly, while the Quebec Nordiques rallied to force overtime and gain a 3-3 tie on a goal by Martin Rucinsky.The Capitals, who dominated early on, had just two shots in overtime. The closest they came to winning was a Michal Pivonka shot on a two-on-one break with 17.8 seconds to go. But Quebec goalie Ron Hextall made his 38th save of the game.
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By MYRON BECKENSTEIN | September 17, 1995
As Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau was getting ready to leave a meeting of all the Canadian provincial premiers recently, one of his fellows said he hoped they would see him again next year.Nothing personal, but Mr. Parizeau hopes they won't.Instead, he hopes that by this time next year Quebec will be just about ready to declare independence from the rest of Canada.In the election campaign that swept his party into office a year ago last week, Mr. Parizeau pledged to hold a referendum on independence eight to 10 months after victory.
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By Alan Widmann and Alan Widmann,Special to The Sun | June 22, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Thanks to superior conditioning as much as anything, the United States has a shot at its first water polo world championship in 87 years.That is because the women's junior (20 and under) national team surged away from rapidly tiring New Zealand and won, 7-3, as the Women's Junior World Water Polo Invitational continued yesterday at the Naval Academy.The victory, achieved with a stifling defense, a patient offense and four goals by Severn School graduate Vicki Gorman, sets up today's 3 p.m. title game rematch with Quebec at MacDonough Hall.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 4, 1992
PHILADELPHIA -- The uniforms have changed, from Flyers orange, black and white to the pale blue, white and red of the Quebec Nordiques.But Flyers fans won't have any difficulty recognizing Ron Hextall, Mike Ricci and Steve Duchesne tonight when the Nordiques visit the Spectrum for the first time during the regular season since The Trade.Hextall will be the masked man carrying a big stick and protecting Quebec's net. Ricci will be the pesky center, moving the puck and tirelessly working the corners.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Staff Writer | March 24, 1993
LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals' Kevin Hatcher stepped into the NHL record book last night.Hatcher became the seventh defenseman in NHL history to score 30 goals in one season with a wrist shot in the first period of the Capitals' 5-1 victory over the Quebec Nordiques before 12,861 at the Capital Centre.It was only the ninth defeat on the road for the Nordiques, who have the league's best road record, 20-9-8. Quebec had won six of its last eight away games.With the win, Washington remained three points in front of third-place New Jersey, which defeated Tampa Bay, 9-3, last night.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 10, 1999
OTTAWA -- Canadians on both sides of the nation's deep linguistic divide say they were stunned by President Clinton's unexpectedly passionate appeal here for national unity and federalism.Clinton traveled to the flash point of separatism in North America and, without mentioning Quebec nationalism, argued Friday that "the United States and Canada are among the most fortunate countries in the world because we have such diversity."If every major "racial and ethnic and religious group" won independence, "we might have 800 countries in the world and have a very difficult time having a functioning economy," Clinton said, addressing a forum on federalism that earlier in the week had become a platform for complaints by Quebec separatists.
NEWS
September 19, 1998
IF QUEBEC VOTERS decide in a referendum to secede from Canada, that would not be the final word. But it would oblige the federal government in Ottawa to negotiate the terms of independence with officials in Quebec City. That was the decision handed down recently by Canada's Supreme Court.In a remarkable 50-page opinion, the Canadian high court unanimously spelled out a reasonable procedure, discussing the meaning of federalism, democracy and other politically sacred concepts along the way. The ruling would turn this often violent question into a sober political process.
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