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Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs

Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs: 1995

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    Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs
    Book Description:

    Featuring essays on parliament and politics, Ottawa and the provinces, and external affairs, the Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs provides a comprehensive account of the year?s events.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7208-6
    Subjects: Political Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Contributors
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Canadian calendar 1995
    (pp. xi-2)
    (pp. 3-8)

    Quebec’s referendum on sovereignty dominated politics and public affairs in Canada in 1995. For the second time in two decades, a sovereignist government in Quebec held a referendum on the constitutional future of the province, and this time the outcome was alarmingly close. By a very narrow margin, the referendum was defeated, but it was only in the closing days of the campaign – and in its aftermath – that the public at large appreciated how close to the edge of the precipice the entire country had come.

    Everything else was eclipsed in importance by the Quebec referendum, but many...


    • Parliament and politics
      (pp. 11-51)

      As 1995 ended, the Liberal government of Jean Chrétien passed the halfway mark of the traditional four-year mandate. It was a pivotal twelvemonth period for other reasons, not least because of the referendum on sovereignty held in Quebec. The prospect of Quebec sovereignty necessarily engaged the government and Parliament in a tense process leading up to the crucial vote on 30 October. Although sovereignty was rejected, the margin was perishingly slim. After the initial relief, came the reality. The closeness of the vote inevitably lead to second-guessing. Soon the post-referendum political arena grew cramped and cranky as the government unveiled...

    • Ottawa and the provinces
      (pp. 52-66)

      After a year in which matters had appeared to cool down in the wake of the failed Charlottetown Accord, the election of a separatist Parti Québécois government in 1994 presaged a tumultuous year for federal-provincial relations in Canada.

      Although the PQ came to power under Premier Jacques Parizeau promising a second referendum on the independence question, the extent of support in the province for sovereignty was underestimated by just about everyone involved, including Parizeau and his supporters.

      While other matters, especially the consequences for the provinces of federal budget cuts, dominated the federal-provincial agenda for the first half of the...

    • External affairs and defence
      (pp. 67-100)

      The Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien completed its foreign policy review in 1995, publishingCanada in the Worldin February. The white paper emphasized trade and international legal and humanitarian norms, and was greeted with praise for its rhetorical distance from Cold War-era politics, and scepticism, for its apparent reluctance to commit hard assets in support of its policies. Its ambiguous tone, espousing both the unrepentant pursuit of national (mainly economic) interests along with human rights, democratization, and the rule of law, set the stage for what was, in many ways, a year of retrenchment in Canadian external...


    • The provincial perspectives
      (pp. 103-244)

      The NDP government of Bob Rae was constitutionally required to go to the polls before September of 1995. When it did so on 8 June, it found – to the dismay of most of its members, but hardly to the surprise of any – that its support among the voters was as weak as predicted. The surprise in the election was that the opponent best positioned to capitalize on the NDP’s decline was not the Liberals, who had led the polls for several months prior to the election call, but the Conservatives, who had fallen to third place when the...

  8. Obituaries 1995
    (pp. 245-248)
  9. Index of names
    (pp. 249-260)
  10. Index of subjects
    (pp. 261-274)