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September 29, 1898 – Canada held its first national referendum, asking whether the country was in favour of the prohibitio­n of alcohol. Only in Québec did the majority vote against prohibitio­n. However, the overall results were tight, with 51.3 per cent in favour of prohibitio­n and 48.7 per cent opposed. In light of the close outcome, Prime Minister Laurier did not feel the need to uphold the results and alcohol continued to flow freely.

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