For three decades following the Quiet Revolution, Quebec society was captivated by a discourse of sovereignty and Quebec
nation-building that posed afundamental challenge to the legitimacy and integrity of the Canadian federation. Since the 1995 referendum, however, the political intensity of the sovereignty discourse seems to have abated, and a different set of priorities has come to the forein Quebec society – health care, education, employment and economic development, security, and the environment. These are the same issues that dominate the public agenda across the country.
Quebec and Canada in the New Century explores the significance of this shift – is it a temporary period ofcalm in the regular ebb and flow of Quebec nationalism? Might the abatement of overt nationalist sentiment be attributed to the success of nationalist policiesthemselves, particularly those relating to the French language? Or perhaps we arewitnessing a more fundamental transformation of Quebec society and politics, and an essential realignment of Quebec’s relationship with Canada and the rest of theworld? These questions are at the core of the volume, which seeks to enhance ourunderstanding of current trends in Quebec society and politics and their corresponding impact on the intergovernmental dynamics in the federation. The chapters canvass a wide range of themes including the political economy of Quebec nationalism, language policy and politics, the role of globalization and new social movements in shaping the provincial political agenda, provincial political party alignments, and the shifting contours of the sovereignty debate. With contributions from both established and emerging scholars of Quebec–Canada relations, the volume provides timely insights into a series of issues that are of vital importance to the future of Quebec and its place in the Canadian federation.
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