Univ of Washington Pr
Relations between the rest of Canada and Quebec have never been easy. Beginning with the Conquest and working through the many political permutations before Copnfederation and since, there has always been conflict between the two governments, and, in particular, two points of view. The rebellions of 1837-38, conscription, the Quiet Revolution, language laws, endless constitutional wrangles, and Meech Lake are but a sampling of the issues that have divided the nation. A fascinating cast of characters has also emerged: Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Robert Bourassa, and René Lévasque have all played center stage. Now as a separatist provincial government plans yet another referendum on the possible independence of Quebec from Canada, the question is complicated by the division of the huge national debt, the rights of the First Nations peoples, and the specter of what has happened in recent years in Eastern Europe.
Through interviews with a wide variety of politicians, journalists, and academics, Robert Bothwell skillfully weaves together a coherent account of the relationship betweenCanada and Quebec. Altogether this is a scintillating collage of personal accounts and considered opinions, one that acquaints us with the many different facets of this complicated yet crucial question: How didCanada and Quebec get to this crisis, and where do we go from here?Book News
Through interviews with politicians, journalists, and academics, Bothwell (history, U. of Toronto) investigates how the two bodies came to the current crisis and what directions might be possible. The 12 chapters began as a radio series in 1995, when the book version was also published; the second edition mentions but does not integrate the narrow separatist defeat in the 1998 referendum. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.