The new Canada: with or without Quebec

by Marten van Heuven

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Demographic, geographic, economic, and political factors in Canada are strengthening provincial power at the expense of the federal government. The additional demand by Quebec for recognition as a distinct society continues to raise the possibility of independence. Whatever scenario unfolds, however, out of the complex and contentious constitutional process now addressing this issue, it is unlikely to be settled for a long time to come. Meanwhile, Canada is likely to be a different--and weaker--actor in the world. The Canada that is emerging will create the need to rework its myriad links with the United States.

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