The ballots from the 1995 referendum will finally be destroyed. A Quebec Superior Court judge ruled reps from the perpetually dysfunctional Anglo-rights group Alliance Quebec had taken too long to make their case for the preservation of the ballots. Election and referendum ballots are normally destroyed after a year, but the 1995 ballots became ensnared in a legal battle after Alliance Quebec alleged the ‘yes’ side had thrown out perfectly valid ‘no’ votes.
Perhaps to prevent the saga from dragging on any longer, Judge Roger E. Baker also took the time to note the otherwise painfully obvious (emphasis mine):
He also noted a recount of any sort would not alter the referendum outcome, won by the federalist side by a squeaker 50.6 to 49.4 per cent, nor would it correct any improprieties committed at the time.