It Was No in Any Language

Canadians reject a constitution, but a split-up still seems unlikely

IT SOUNDED BRILLIANT: WRITE A NEW CANADIAN constitution giving something to everybody. As it turned out, the pact had something for almost everybody to hate, and in a referendum last Monday, 54% of Canada's voters turned it down. The agreement lost from Nova Scotia on the Atlantic Coast to British Columbia on the Pacific; six of Canada's 10 provinces and one (Yukon) of the two territories voted no.

Which proved again that Canadians have seemingly irreconcilable ideas of what their country should be. The pact recognized Quebec as a "distinct society" and guaranteed it 25% of the House of Commons. But...

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