On November 27, 2006, the Canadian House of Commons voted 266-16 in favor of a motion recognizing the people of Quebec as a "nation" within Canada. The motion, introduced the week before by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, represents a compromise on an earlier proposal by the Bloc Quebecois that would have defined the territory of Quebec as a nation within Canada. The successful motion states that "the Quebecois form a nation within a united Canada." According to Harper, the motion recognizes the Quebecois nation in a "cultural-sociological" sense rather than a legal one.
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