Working Papers on Canadian Politics

Working Papers on Canadian Politics

Working Papers on Canadian Politics

Working Papers on Canadian Politics

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AS ATTESTED TO BY THE UBIQUITY OF SIDEWALK SUPERINTENDents, there is a great appeal in seeing how other people work or perhaps just in seeing other people working. One of the purposes of this volume is to exploit this appeal by providing students with the chance of becoming academic sidewalk superintendents and by affording a view, through a paperback peephole, of how one scholar went about, in part at least, constructing some political analyses.

The four papers fall into two categories: the first three are preliminary examinations of data derived from a national survey. The last was prepared for One Country or Two? , a collection of essays on Canada's constitutional problems. A word about each type of paper is in order.

In keeping with the somewhat unconventional character of the present book, let us turn to the final paper first. Less academic in the sense that it is rather impressionistic and less research oriented, it grew out of some discussions with various colleagues at Queen's who were persuaded that it would be worth-while if a few English-speaking Canadians quickly set down their reactions to various aspects of French-English relations in Canada in the late sixties. My task was to say something about the attitudes of Quebeckers towards the rest of the country--something I found hard to do without also talking about English-speaking Canadians' views of Quebec. At any rate, the paper was written without consulting any primary or secondary sources, as a quick reaction towards one aspect of Canada's problems--a piece of journalism or pamphleteering more than anything else. It is presented here because it was not previously published in its entirety and because I believe that its ideas ought to have a different audience than the readers of the volume for which it was intended. The text included here is complete and is longer . . .

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