Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Let's Talk: A Conversation about Canada and Quebec

On November 20, 2017, the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations hosted a one-day workshop on the Québec government’s Policy on Québec Affirmation and Canadian Relations Quebecers, our way of being Canadian. The event, entitled Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Canada and Quebec, was sponsored by the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, and featured Jean Marc-Fournier, the Québec Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie.

Mr. Fournier participated in two panel discussions with six distinguished discussants. Topics included the merits, drawbacks and challenges of constitutional reform and recognition, self-determination, interculturalism and the federal spirit.

The discussants were:

  • Bob Rae (Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, former Premier of Ontario, former Member of Parliament, Special Envoy to Myanmar);
  • Kathy Brock (Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University);
  • Peter Russell (Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Toronto);
  • Avigail Eisenberg (Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria);
  • Alain-G. Gagnon (Professeur, science politique, l’Université du Québec à Montréal); and
  • Michael Doxtater (Assistant Professor & Queen’s National Scholar, Languages, Literature, and Culture, Queen’s University).

A number of the panellists prepared summaries of their presentations. Links to the summaries appear below.

Title Author/Editor Year
Merits and Drawbacks of Constitutional Reform [391 KB] Peter Russell 2017-1
Harmony through a Dialogue on Diversity in the Federation [287 KB] Kathy L. Brock 2017-2
Towards a New Federal Compact [355 KB] Avigail Eisenberg 2017-3
Appraising Interculturalism and Refusing Canada's Constitutional Stalemate [424 KB] Alain-G. Gagnon 2017-4
Two Sides to the Quebec "Way of Being Canadian" [429 KB] Michael Doxtater 2017-5

Held Monday, November 20, 2017