Academic journal article International Journal

[Turmoil in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Quebec Sovereignty Movement & Its Implications for Canada & the United States]

Academic journal article International Journal

[Turmoil in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Quebec Sovereignty Movement & Its Implications for Canada & the United States]

Article excerpt

Jonathan Lemco's work, Turmoil in the Peaceable Kingdom, consistently offers a singular message to its readers: the potential withdrawal of Quebec from the Canadian confederation -- be it in the guise of sovereignty-association or separation -- will have profound political and economic effects for Quebec, Canada, and the United States. The first part of the book is primarily concerned with charting the evolution of Quebec's growing nationalist aspirations. These aspirations are painted against the backdrop of widely familiar constitutional failures, including the Meech Lake accord and the Charlottetown agreement. The roles of the Parti Quebecois and the Liberal party in Quebec, particularly in the early 1990s, are insightful. Nonetheless, like all too many works that examine the political development of Quebec, this book errs by failing to discern the root cause of Quebec's quest for independence. Cultural, linguistic, and other assorted claims are driven first and foremost by a sheer desire for the transfer of effective political power form Ottawa to Quebec City. Pure and simple. The strength of Turmoil in the Peaceable Kingdom lies with Lemco's ability to outline carefully, albeit in tentative steps, the principal questions that will confront decision-makers in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Washington in the event of a politically independent Quebec. These far-reaching issues, the majority of which will involve substantive adjustments for all parties concerned, will come, in Lemco's opinion, at a significant cost. …

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