Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Canada's Francophone Minority Communities: Constitutional Renewal and the Winning of School Governance

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Canada's Francophone Minority Communities: Constitutional Renewal and the Winning of School Governance

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Michael D. Behiels, Canada's Francophone Minority Communities: Constitutional Renewal and the Winning of School Governance (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004), xxx-438pp. Cloth. $80.00. ISBN 0-7735-2586-6.

Michael Behiels takes a historical look at the process of renewal and regeneration of Canada's francophone minority communities. His study begins with what he identifies as the first phase in the 1960s and 1970s, a period that corresponds with the demise of the Catholic Church as the central institution for French Canadians. Minority groups turned to the federal government for support - economic, political, legislative, and constitutional - and provincial francophone organisations were taken over by a new generation of secular leaders. In addition, new lobbying bodies such as the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadiennes du Canada were founded.

Throughout his analysis, Behiels looks at how success in achieving school governance could increase the communities' chances of survival. He also focuses on the relationship between Quebec and the minority francophone communities and their political and cultural agendas. The historical analysis concludes with a study of the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords. …

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