LEC 5 - LEC 5 Quebec politics and society 13/10/2011...

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LEC 5 13/10/2011 13:14:00 Quebec politics and society Pre-1960s Quebec: - socially conservative society - the catholic church was dominant (ran schools, ran hospitals, ran welfare and charity  work) -Quebec’s identity was informed by religion as much as language -the idea of “French Canadians” transcended Quebec borders (Manitoba, Alberta, etc) -Quebec stressed autonomy, but did not wish to alter the fundamental features of  Canadian federalism -Didn’t look to engage in Canadian federalism and tried to keep the federal government  away (used the constitution to avoid federal programs being enforced on Quebec)  wanted to be left alone -Wanted to protect its autonomy but didn’t look to change its relationship with the  federal government 1960s Quebec: -the nature of Quebec changed drastically -this change was multi-dimensional -more aggressive Quebec that looks to engage the federal government in constitutional  change -wanted Canadian federalism to be asymmetrical  [ symmetrical federalism  all states are equal (ex. USA) asymmetrical federalism  a feral system in which different constituent units have  different status and power (ex. Spain) ]
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LEC 5 - LEC 5 Quebec politics and society 13/10/2011...

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