Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories by Robert Bothwell

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By Robert Bothwell

Kin among Canada and Quebec have by no means been effortless. starting with the Conquest and dealing in the course of the many political variations earlier than Confederation and because, there has constantly been clash among the 2 governments and, specifically, among issues of view. The rebellions of 1837-8, conscription, the Quiet Revolution, language legislation, the FLQ obstacle and never-ending constitutional wrangles corresponding to Meech Lake are only a sampling of the problems that experience divided the state. the solid of characters has been interesting, too: Pierre Trudeau, Brian Mulroney, Robert Bourassa, and Rene Levesque have all performed centre level. within the wake of a razor-thin majority for federalist forces within the referendum of 1995, the difficulty of separation remains to be advanced by way of the department of the massive nationwide debt, the opportunity of extra territorial partition inside a separate Quebec, the rights of First countries humans, and the spectre of separatist routine in jap Europe in recent times. via interviews with a large choice of politicians, reporters, and teachers, Robert Bothwell skilfully weaves jointly a coherent account of the connection among Canada and Quebec. We listen from Jean Chretien, Sharon Carstairs and Ovide Mercredi; Lise Bissonnette and Graham Fraser; Michael Bliss and Ramsay cook dinner; and lots of extra. The textual content is an soaking up university of non-public debts and regarded critiques, person who acquaints us with the various diverse aspects of this advanced but the most important query: how did Canada and Quebec get to this deadlock, and the place will we cross from right here?

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Novels such as The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959), The Street (1969) and St. Urbain’s Horseman (1971) portray a neighbourhood whose face is now changed but still recognizable on certain corners, such as Clark and Fairmount. Richler was also a frequent contributor to the New Yorker, with his crusty and controversial accounts of Québec politics. Other well-known literary voices of English Montréal include recently deceased poet Irving Layton, gravel-throated crooner/poet Leonard Cohen, novelist and essayist Hugh MacLennan and poet and novelist Mavis Gallant.

On the political scene, municipal life was turned upside down in 2001, when the provincial government, headed first by Lucien Bouchard and then by Bernard Landry, decided to accelerate the municipal merger movement that had been undertaken during the 1990s. In spite of opposition from certain groups of suburban citizens, the merger of all Montréal Island communities was finalized on January 1, 2002. Portrait - Economy and Politics Economy and Politics 28 However, the coordination efforts of the city’s new 27 boroughs had barely begun when the official provincial opposition of the day, headed by Jean Charest of the Liberal Party, promised to table a law that would re-create the former municipalities via democratic public consultation.

Few of the period’s literary works, other than certain novels such as Laure Conan’s Angéline de Montbrun (1884), are of much more than socio-historical interest. Traditional ideology also dominates much of the poetic output of the period. Louis-Honoré Fréchette was one of the rare poets who managed to avoid this political and philosophical straitjacket. Portrait - Literature and Theatre In French Tradition continued to be the main characteristic of Québec literature well into the 1930s, though there were several innovative writers worth noting.

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