Au revoir Lucien Bouchard, the Quebec premier and inspirational leader of the Yes side in the 1995 referendum, is pushed out by independence hardliners (who spend the rest of the decade pursuing the tradition of devouring of their own).
Local heroes Quebec goes through the torment of municipal amalgamation. Four years later, a referendum (what else?) blows apart many of the new cities.
Bonhomme Camarade In a move befitting Canada's most labour-friendly province, Bonhomme Carnaval unionizes.
Grand fromage Entrepreneur Luc Boivin drops a ton of cheddar into the depths of the Saguenay River, hoping the pressure and the chill will give Quebeckers a new gourmet treat. Divers can't find the cheese afterward.
Brief chief André Boisclair is elected leader of the Parti Québécois in late 2005, becoming the first openly gay leader of a major Canadian political party. In a further testament to Quebec's openness, he is a former cocaine user. His plan to advance Quebec independence is rejected in the 2007 election and the party pushes him out as well.
Ad nauseam Mr. Justice John Gomery's hearings into the sponsorship scandal devastate the federal Liberal Party in Quebec - but create a TV ratings bonanza. Hab-itual RDS launches Quebec's third nightly talk show dedicated almost entirely to the Montreal Canadiens, meaning French-language TV now has more Habs chatter than local news.
Seal of approval Two Montreal chefs respond to anti-sealing activists by putting the object of their affection on the menu. They're rewarded with brisk business - and death threats from outside the province.
Spin city Despite allegations that his administration is corrupt, Montreal gives Gérald Tremblay a third term as mayor. He defeats a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and a former sovereigntist cabinet minister who dreamed up the municipal mergers and is afraid to speak English.