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The Quebec Decision

Perspectives on the Supreme Court Ruling on Secession

Edited by David Schneiderman

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The Supreme Court decision on Quebec, delivered in August 1998, was hailed as a victory by both federalists and sovereigntists.
This book explains the reasons for this historic decision. It includes the full text of the Supreme Court's opinion together with essays and other key documents. David Schneiderman, Executive Director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta, provides a thoughtful introduction to the decision and the debates surrounding it. He has selected a wide range of essays that explore the profound implications of the Court's decision for Canada's future.
Anyone interested in Quebec and the future of Canadian federalism will find The Quebec Decision an invaluable resource.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
David Schneiderman
The Supreme Court Decision
1. The Attorney General's Vision
Jean Leclair, translated by I. M. Milne
2. The Arguments of the Amicus Curiae
Bruce Ryder
3. The Aboriginal Argument: the Requirement of Aboriginal Consent
Andrew Orkin and Joanna Birenbaum
4. Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's Response
5. Premier Lucien Bouchard Reflects on the Ruling
6. A Letter from Stéphane Dion
7. A Most Politic Judegment
Robert A. Young
8. How to Deny Quebec's Right to Self-Determination
Josée Legault
9. The Supreme Court Ruling: A Legitimate and Achievable Secession... in Theory
Jacques-Yvan Morin, translated by Eric Hamovitch
10. Liberal Party Wins, Canada Loses
Ted Morton
11. The Quebec Secession Reference: Some Unexpected Consequencesof Constitutional First Principles
José Woehrling
12. The Secession Reference and Constitutional Paradox
John D. Whyte
13. Quebec Secession and Aboriginal Peoples: Important Signals from the Supreme Court
Paul Joffe
14. The Constitutional Obligation to Negotiate
Alan C. Cairns
15. What if Quebecers Voted Clearly for Secession?
Claude Ryan
16. Goodbye to the Amending Formulas?
Donna Greschner
Notes
Index

"The Quebec Decision explains the reasons for this historic decision and provides the full text of the Supreme Court's opinion, together with other key documents and essays from pundits and politicians..."

- Daily News

"For those seeking to understand the secession issue, this book offers a treasure-trove of ideas."

- Agar Adamson Canadian Book Review Annual

The book is clearly laid out and indexed, and most of the articles are written in an engaging and accessible style. The Quebec Decision would be an excellent entry point for someone approaching this landmark case for the first time, and researchers of the topic will appreciate the convenience of a bound compilation of this nature. A copy is recommended for all libraries that have a collection interest in constitutional law and history.

- Alexandra Freeland Canadian Law Libraries

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 168 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781550286601
Format: 9in x 6in

BISAC Code:  HIS006000
Imprint: Lorimer


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