The Secession of Quebec and the Future of Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1998 - History - 506 pages
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Robert Young discusses the ways in which Canadians might reconstitute their country after Quebec separates and considers possible political and economic arrangements between Quebec and Canada - the "association" aspect of sovereignty-association - including the breakdown of economic cooperation. Arguing that the long-term future of Canada and the shape of Canada-Quebec relations will depend on how the transition to sovereignty takes place, Young provides a clear and detailed analysis of how the transition is likely to occur. His discussion addresses major issues to be negotiated during the secession - citizenship, national debt, borders, armed forces and public service, commercial and economic relations, currency, First Nations, minority rights, mobility and immigration, and environmental matters. For comparison, Young draws on the experiences of other countries where peaceful secession has occurred, including Czechoslovakia. The second edition includes a new preface and concluding chapter that discuss to what extent the situation has changed since the referendum of 1995.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Canada without Quebec
9
Economic Relations between Canada and Quebec
29
The Currency and Monetary Policy
41
Political Relations between Canada and Quebec
48
Does Economic Integration Require
60
Determinants of Centralization and Decentralization
75
TO SOVEREIGNTY
87
Secession with Polarization
235
The Longterm Outcomes
252
The 1995 Referendum and the Yes That Wasnt
265
The Logic of the Referendum Campaign
291
Had the Yes Side Won
312
Manoeuvring towards the Next Referendum
339
What Would Happen after a Yes in
375
Notes
403

The Comparative Politics of Peaceful Secession
127
The Negotiations
176
The Rest of the Separation
213

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About the author (1998)

Robert A. Young is emeritus professor in agricultural and resource economics at Colorado State University.

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