The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

By Chantal Hebert, Jean Lapierre

Author note: Jean Lapierre (with)

A sly, insightful and fantastically unique ebook from certainly one of Canada's most well-liked political analysts, Chantal Hébert, and one among Quebec's best political broadcasters, Jean Lapierre.

Only the main fearless of political reporters might dare to open the previous wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum, a still-murky episode in Canadian historical past that maintains to defy our knowing. The referendum introduced one of many world's so much profitable democracies to the edge of the unknown, and but Quebecers' attitudes towards sovereignty proceed to baffle the country's political classification. Interviewing 17 key political leaders from the duelling referendum camps, Hébert and Lapierre commence with an easy premise: asking what have been those political leaders' plans if the vote had long past the wrong way. Even 2 a long time later, their solutions may well surprise you. And in asking an unforeseen query, those veteran political observers cleverly disclose the fractures, tensions and fears that proceed to form Canada today.

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Finalist – QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (2014)

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A deputy best minister might stand within the position of a main minister who's absent from query interval. yet no genuine govt division is connected to the position and the identify earns those that carry it no precise attention from senior govt officers. “The paperwork has a tendency to hate the assumption of a deputy major minister since it is a job that doesn't exist within the parliamentary tradition,” she says, talking from first-hand adventure. because 2006 Stephen Harper has kept away from a deputy leading minister. Few Canadians have noticed—and even they'd be hard-pressed to argue govt and not using a deputy best minister is someway lacking an important piece. As usually as now not the software of naming a deputy leading minister has been political. The identify can ship a message to a given area of the rustic or to a particular constituency that it concerns to the govt of the day. Copps’s appointment got here within the wake of the 1993 defeat of Kim Campbell, Canada’s first woman best minister. in addition, the NDP lower than Audrey McLaughlin—that party’s first lady leader—failed to maintain the twelve seats required to hold legitimate celebration prestige in the home of Commons. That election had dealt a harsh blow to the hopes of these who concept girls have been approximately to eventually take a extra equivalent position in Canada’s political significant leagues. Appointing Copps as deputy top minister was once a gift for her loyalty to Chrétien all through his competition years; it used to be additionally a sign that the recent best minister meant to deliver extra girls to the corridors of federal strength. as much as some extent, Jean Chrétien did convey. On his watch extra ladies have been appointed to the Senate, the ultimate courtroom bench, the higher degrees of the diplomatic provider and to the pick out ranks of the officials of Parliament than below any of his predecessors. nonetheless, the levers of political strength remained in commonly male arms. In 1995, that failing not often distinct the government from its provincial opposite numbers, yet this day the political gender hole among Ottawa and the provincial capitals is extra impressive. In 2013, 1/2 the provinces—including the 4 biggest—were being run via girl premiers. yet again in 1995, elected ladies have been nonetheless a great deal restricted to aid roles inside their events and governments, despite lofty titles bestowed upon them. There have been no girl on the federal-provincial desk for the a number of constitutional rounds that preceded the 1995 referendum, and the method rooms of the sure and No camps in Quebec have been overwhelmingly stuffed through elected and non-elected males in fits. The lone lady within the thick of referendum decision-making hailed from the federal public provider and never the elected ranks of the federal or Quebec governments. Jocelyne Bourgon used to be appointed to the pinnacle public provider activity of Clerk of the Privy Council almost immediately after Chrétien’s arrival in energy and her tenure lined the referendum interval. Lucienne Robillard—even as lead referendum minister for the federal government—spent extra day out of the decision-making loop than in it.

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