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 1995 Quebec referendum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 1995 Quebec referendum was the second referendum in the Canadian province of Quebec (see 1980 Quebec referendum) that put to public vote the role of Quebec within Canada and whether Quebec should pursue a path toward independent statehood ("sovereignty").
The Quebec-wide referendum took place on October 30, 1995, and the motion to pursue Quebec's independence was narrowly defeated by a 50.58 per cent to 49.42 per cent margin.
Should the Parti Québécois take back power in the next election (predicted to be in 2007), which is what the polls anticipate as of 2005 [1], the party platform adopted during the 2005 Parti Québécois National Council stipulates that the PQ government will hold a referendum as soon as possible during the next mandate.
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 Referendum Party -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The party's position was simply that there should be a referendum held on the UK's continued membership of the (An international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members) European Union.
In the (Click link for more info and facts about 1997 election) 1997 election itself, the Referendum Party polled fairly well for a brand new single issue party, receiving in excess of 800,000 votes, but did not threaten to win a seat in the (The lower house of the British parliament) House of Commons.
Many members of the Referendum Party have switched their voting support to the (Click link for more info and facts about UK Independence Party) UK Independence Party.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/R/Re/Referendum_Party.htm   (578 words)

 The Militant - 5/5/97 -- Referendum Party Pushes Rightist Line In UK Vote
The Referendum Party is a rightist formation that is campaigning in the election on the single issue of calling for a referendum on moves to achieve European integration through the European Union.
The main unionist parties in Northern Ireland - the Ulster Unionists and Democratic Unionists - are right-wing forces that have links with rightist street gangs and paramilitary organizations that defend the "union" of Britain and Ireland and terrorize Catholic communities.
Labour Party chief Anthony Blair used the image of a bulldog, the very symbol adopted by Goldsmith and historically associated in politics with Winston Churchill.
www.themilitant.com /1997/6118/6118_7.html   (924 words)

 Party Politics Vol. 6, Issue 3, p. 359   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The vote for the anti-European Referendum Party in the 1997 British general election was, according to Curtice and Steed (1997: 305), 'the strongest ever performance by a British minor party'.
Indeed, in 19 constituencies the party's vote exceeded the margin of defeat for a Conservative candidate, suggesting that in these seats the party's intervention had a pivotal role in determining the outcome.
The Referendum Party, despite the many handicaps accruing to a small, new party organized around one person and one issue, was better able to tap these discontents than were the Conservatives, even the Eurosceptical candidates.
www.partypolitics.org /volume06/v06i3p359.htm   (309 words)

 Referendum Party - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Referendum Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Single-issue political party formed by the billionaire, Anglo-French financier, James Goldsmith, whose aim was to force the government into holding a plebiscite on the issue of whether Britain should be part of a federal Europe or a bloc of independent trading nations.
The party attracted several high-profile defectors from the right- wing of the Conservative Party, including Alan Walters, an economics adviser during the 1980s to Prime Minister Thatcher, and, briefly, the MP, George Gardiner.
In the May 1997 general election, only 30 of its 545 candidates saved their deposits and, in capturing 810,000 votes, the party is believed to have been a decisive factor in the loss of 20 Conservative Party seats.
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 Referendum Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Referendum Party were a political party inthe United Kingdom formed to contest the 1997 General Election.
The party's position was simply thatthere should be a referendum held on the UK's continued membership of the European Union.
Goldsmith vowed that the party would continue after the 1997 election, but his death inJuly of that year, deprived them of their most high profile figure and the financial support he offered them.
www.therfcc.org /referendum-party-18640.html   (299 words)

 When Movt Eats Movt ...Nkangi Is Winner   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Therefore, there will have to be several other "multi-party national [referendum] committees" to champion that cause for the multi-partyists to cover the country and offer the Movement a full 11-person team on the other side of the field to play against.
The referendum is supposed to be a journey of sovereignty, where the people speak.
Whichever the case, there is a view that Museveni is not on the best terms with a couple of the senior members of his cabinet, and one reason for the diminished ability of his government to function has been the wrangles in the Movement.
www.africanews.com /article332.html   (1140 words)

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The aim of the Referendum Party will be to gain enough seats in Parliament to push through a Referendum Bill within a few months of a general election.
Referendum Party MPs would then resign their seats as soon as the Bill is passed.
On 28 November 1996 the Referendum party revealed the wording of the question they would pose to the British electorate in the event of winning the general election.
www.bbc.co.uk /election97/background/parties/parefer.htm   (591 words)

 Trapped Agenda - Beyond The Referendum Party   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
However the Referendum Movement has its critics, who draw attention to the democratic deficit in the inner workings of the Referendum Movement and express the suspicion that the Referendum Movement is a Tory device designed to reclaim Thatcher's children for the Conservatives.
The Referendum Party was a fascist party in the sense that the leader and the party were one.
However the 1997 general election demonstrated that a 'single issue party', whatever the issue and whatever its legitimacy as the single issue, would always be sidelined in a general election by the democratic campaigning skills of any two or more opposing 'full policy parties'.
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The Party was officially launched at its inaugural conference on 19th October 1996 at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton.
Come the 1997 General Election, the Party fielded a candidate in every constituency where the incumbent MP has failed to defend the people's right to decide whether this nation should remain independent or be merged into the federal European super-state.
Had not the great Sir James Goldsmith formed the Referendum Party, this country would now be spending euro's and in the grip of the economic malaise infecting the whole of continental Europe that threatens to destabilise its social fabric.
www.freewebs.com /britainappeals/antieuactivismindefenc.htm   (6512 words)

 NARPSG Media   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Following the tragic and untimely death of its founder, the late Sir James Goldsmith, attempts were made to close down the Referendum Party by a group of individuals with allegiances to competing political parties.
These attempts to terminate the existence of a party which had just received 811,849 votes in support of its aims, and to transform it into an ineffectual "cross-party" pressure group were unsuccessful mainly because their legitimacy and political agenda were not acceptable to the supporters in the constituencies.
The Referendum Party will continue to campaign for its declared aims until they are fully achieved.
members.aol.com /NARPSG/tele_letters_300199.htm   (171 words)

 Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television: The UK Independence Party - United Kingdom
All of the major parties promised a referendum on the looming issue of a single European currency; however, a challenge emerged to the European policies of the orthodox parties from minor parties.
The party's name was chosen to be self-explanatory: standing for independence and a withdrawal from the European Union and the reversal of the country's decline.
Unfortunately for the UKIP, which lacked the financial resources of the Referendum Party and the news-value of the major parties, their only real chance of capturing the attention of a large audience during the election campaign was through its one Party Election Broadcast (PEB).
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2584/is_n4_v17/ai_20446023   (1100 words)

 Referendum Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Referendum Party was the name of a series of single-issue parties in the United Kingdom that called for referendums on aspects of the UK's relationship with the European Union.
[1], a partisan website written by a supporter of the ex-party) the Referendum Party cost the Conservatives 25-30 seats at the election by taking crucial votes in closely-fought constituencies.
The Democracy Movement homepage, a successor to the Referendum Party
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Referendum_Party   (523 words)

 A Concise Encyclopedia of the European Union --R--
The 1992 Maastricht Treaty, for example, was submitted for political reasons to a referendum in France, but its ratification necessitated a referendum in Ireland, because it involved a change in the constitution, and in Denmark, because the Folketing passed it by an insufficient majority.
In Bavaria the movement remained Catholic and is embodied in the Christian Social Union party; elsewhere in Germany it is represented by the CDU, or Christian Democratic Union.
After some trifling concessions, a referendum was held in 1975 which confirmed British membership, without, however, permanently settling the debate, for the misleading assurances of the 'Yes' campaign caused an enduring sense of injustice.
www.euro-know.org /dictionary/r.html   (2656 words)

 Aljazeera.Net - Egypt party boycotts referendum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ayman Nur's party is the fourth to boycott the poll
Nur said his party had preferred that voters be asked not only to say "yes" or "no" to the proposed changes, but also be given a chance to reject conditions in the text without refusing the principle of change.
The opposition parties are not opposed to the principle of amending the constitution, but rather to conditions in the text that prevent them from mounting any meaningful challenge to the ruling party's candidate.
english.aljazeera.net /NR/exeres/7983FD08-CC72-4F3F-956D-63321E5BF4B4.htm   (273 words)

 Station Information - Referendum Party
The Referendum Party were a political party in the United Kingdom formed to contest the 1997 General Election.
Goldsmith vowed that the party would continue after the 1997 election, but his death deprived them of their most high profile figure and the financial support he offered them.
Many members have switched their support to the UK Independence Party.
www.stationinformation.com /encyclopedia/r/re/referendum_party.html   (123 words)

 MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log - Ariel Sharon's Disengagement Plan Defeated in Likud Poll: Now What?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's decision to hold a referendum in the Likud party on his disengagement plan was a disastrous mistake that has backfired on Sharon and his supporters, as well as on US President Bush who backed the plan.
The referendum seemed predestined to fail because the Likud is the stronghold of the Greater Israel ideology.
Sharon's preparation and organization for the referendum consisted of approximately nothing at all, except some incoherent statements to the effect that voting against the proposal was wrong, because it would create a precedent of party members not supporting the leadership.
www.mideastweb.org /log/archives/00000252.htm   (4688 words)

 USATODAY.com - Sharon's party delays referendum on Gaza withdrawal plan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
JERUSALEM (AP) — The ruling Likud Party on Tuesday delayed its referendum on a withdrawal from the Gaza Strip by three days to May 2, fearing a basketball championship game would have kept too many voters at home.
Polls show that the Likud vote could be close, and party officials decided to delay it from April 29 to May 2 to avoid a clash with a major sports event.
Party officials said they were concerned many Likud members would decide to watch the game rather than vote.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-04-13-sharon-gaza_x.htm   (754 words)

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Its relationship with the Referendum Party is distant at best - UKIP sees the Referendum Party as a single issue protest vehicle.
Although not actually against a referendum, they believe it is an option the Conservatives are unlikely to take up; they also disagree with Sir James Goldsmith's personal commitment to protectionist policies.
Party UKIP has stood candidates at by-elections and has usually exceeded the Green Party's share of the vote.
www.bbc.co.uk /election97/background/parties/paukip.htm   (299 words)

 Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television: The Referendum Party's video mailer strategy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Referendum Party was launched in July 1994 by the late Sir James Goldsmith, a billionaire financier and member of the European Parliament for a French constituency [1].
The party's stated goals were to gain sufficient seats in the House of Commons to achieve a balanced debate and a referendum on Britain's integration into the European Union, at which point the party would dissolve.
Many of the articles concentrated on what was dubbed the 'glitterati element', the Referendum Party's circle of wealthy friends including John Aspinall, millionaire zoological park entrepreneur, Sir Alan Waiters (former economic affairs adviser to Margaret Thatcher) and Lord McAlpine, treasurer of the Conservative Party during their golden Thatcher years [4].
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2584/is_n4_v17/ai_20446022   (1300 words)

 Euroscepticism and the Referendum Party
The Referendum Party was a creation of the late Sir James Goldsmith, who announced his intention to form it on 27 October 1994, although it formally came into being a year later in October 1995.
In general, the defectors were people who lay to the left of the Conservative party, towards the centre of the political spectrum; they evaluated the record on the NHS very unfavourably, and they felt that the Conservatives were a sectional party who were not looking after all groups in society equally.
The natural interpretation of these results is that it was the disenchantment with the governments' policies and record that led both the defectors and the Referendum Party voters to abandon the government and that it was their attitudes to Europe which decided whether they abandoned them for a centre-left party or for a Eurosceptic party.
www.strath.ac.uk /Other/CREST/p63.htm   (5177 words)

 Greens support MMP, 120 seats, no electoral referendum - Green Party
The Green Party is satisfied with the outcome of the Select Committee Inquiry into MMP.
In contrast to the 1999 referendum, when 81.5 per cent voted for 99 seats, 89 submitters to the Select Committee supported 120 seats compared to 33 for 99 seats.
"I believe the '99 referendum was more an expression of frustration with the outcome of the '96 election than a considered assessment of the relative merits of 120 seats versus 99.
www.greens.org.nz /searchdocs/PR4545.html   (399 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Sharon Faces Fight to Keep Government in Power   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Four senior cabinet ministers from Sharon's hawkish Likud Party who voted with him in parliament Tuesday on his so-called disengagement plan, including Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, say they will quit the government within two weeks if Sharon does not agree to put the plan to a nationwide referendum.
If the National Religious Party, the smallest party in Sharon's coalition, were to follow through on a similar threat, his government would shrink to just 55 votes in the 120-member parliament, making it extraordinarily difficult for the government to survive.
Despite broad popular support, Sharon's Gaza plan was defeated in a Likud Party referendum last May and voted down by the party's Central Committee in August.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A1985-2004Oct27?language=printer   (861 words)

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Meanwhile, Labor party ministers warned Netanyahu that a pullout referendum would force them to quit the government and vote against the state budget.
The first Knesset vote tomorrow would be on the referendum question, with Sharon needing the support of only seven Likud members, which he has, to defeat the bill.
As a result, the likelihood that Yosef would instruct his party to vote in favor of the proposal is slim.
www.ynetnews.com /articles/0,7340,L-3063953,00.html   (576 words)

 Referendum Party - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
Referendum Party - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
By far the most significant was that formed to fight the 1997 General Election.
The article about Referendum Party contains information related to Referendum Party and External link.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Referendum_Party   (537 words)

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