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Gatineau (2001 census population 226,296) is a city in western Quebec, Canada. It is situated on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, immediately across from Ottawa, Ontario.

Before January 1, 2002, there were five cities on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River: Hull, Gatineau, Aylmer, Buckingham, and Masson-Angers. Hull was still considered the primary city within this region although Gatineau now had a larger population, so when the cities were amalgamated the name Gatineau was retained because it was more representative of the region (eg, a federal park to the north-west of the new city encompasses the Gatineau Hills, and is called "Parc de la Gatineau," Hull and Gatineau are divided by a river called "Riviere de la Gatineau," etc) and the primarily francophone community wanted an appropriately French name. Most of the citizens live in the dense cores of Aylmer, Hull and old Gatineau. Buckingham and Masson-Angers are more rural communities.

The previous Parti Quebecois government of Quebec amalgamated the five former cities that constitute Gatineau, against the wishes of many of the local residents. On June 20, 2004, the current Liberal government fulfilled a campaign promise by holding a referendum vote, giving the residents of the former cities the choice of separating from Gatineau. In order to separate, the residents of a former city required a double-win: more than 50% of the vote representing at least 35% of the electorate. The majority of the votes cast in Aylmer and Masson-Angers were in favour of separation, but they did not represent at least 35% of the electorate in their respective communities. The majority of residents in Buckingham and Hull, chose to remain part of Gatineau. There was no referendum in the former city of Gatineau.

It was originally reported that the residents of Masson-Angers were able to meet the 50%-35% rule, and that they would be separating from Gatineau. However, a recount caused seventeen votes to be rejected. Because of this, the number of votes cast in favour of separation was fifteen votes short of being at least 35% of the electorate. As a result, the city of Gatineau will remain intact.

A number of federal and provincial government offices are located in Gatineau, due to its proximity to the national capital, and its status as the main town of the Outaouais region of Quebec. Two important attractions located in Gatineau are the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Casino du Lac Leamy.

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