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Pierre Elliot Trudeau 2

Pierre Elliot Trudeau 2 - Published in 1968 Federalism and...

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Published in 1968, Federalism and the French Canadians is an P ideological anthology featuring a series of essays written by Pierre i Elliot Trudeau during his time spent with the Federal Liberal party of E Canada. The emphasis of the book deals with the problems and conflicts C facing the country during the Duplessis regime in Quebec. While f Trudeau stresses his adamant convictions on Anglophone/Francophone T relations and struggles for equality in a confederated land, he also r elaborates on his own ideological views pertaining to Federalism and e Nationalism. The reader is introduced to several essays that discuss N Provincial legislature and conflict (Quebec and the Constitutional P Problem, A Constitutional Declaration of Rights) while other P compositions deal with impending and contemporary Federal predicaments c (Federal Grants to Universities, The Practice and Theory of ( Federalism, Separatist Counter-Revolutionaries). Throughout all these F documented personal accounts and critiques, the reader learns that d Trudeau is a sharp critic of contemporary Quebec nationalism and that T his prime political conviction (or thesis) is sporadically reflected h in each essay: Federalism is the only possible system of government i that breeds and sustains equality in a multicultural country such as t Canada. C Trudeau is fervent and stalwart in his opinions towards T Federalism and its ramifications on Canadian citizenry. Born and F raised in Quebec, he attended several prestigious institutions that r educated him about the political spectrum of the country. After his e time spent at the London School of Economics, Trudeau returned to t Quebec at a time when the province was experiencing vast differences Q with its Federal overseer. The Union Nationale, a religious
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w nationalist movement rooted deep in the heart of Quebec culture, had n forced the Federal government to reconcile and mediate with them in f order to avoid civil disorder or unrest. The Premier of Quebec at the o time, Maurice Duplessis, found it almost impossible to appease the t needs of each diverse interest group and faction rising within the n province and ultimately buckled underneath the increasing pressure. p Many Francophones believed that they were being discriminated and M treated unfairly due to the British North American Act which failed to t recognize the unique nature of the province in its list of provisions. r Trudeau, with the aid of several colleagues, fought the imminent wave T of social chaos in Quebec with anti-clerical and communist visions he o obtained while in his adolescent years. However, as the nationalist o movement gained momentum against the Provincial government, Trudeau m came to the startling realization that Provincial autonomy would not c solidify Quebec's future in the country (he believed that separatism s would soon follow) and unless Duplessis could successfully negotiate w (on the issue of a constitution) with the rest of Canada, the prospect ( of self-sovereignty for Quebec would transpire.
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