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Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 1999

Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 1999

Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 320
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    Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 1999
    Book Description:

    Long praised for its accuracy, readability, and insight, theCanadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairsoffers a synoptic appraisal of the year's developments in Canadian politics.

    Canada went to war in 1999, participating in a two-month NATO-led air war against Yugoslavia over its treatment of Kosovar Albanians. Attracting less public attention was an important turn in the country's constitutional arrangements—the creation of Nunavut—producing a self-governing capacity for the Inuit. The year 1999 also saw both the federal and British Columbia governments approve an historic agreement with the Nisga'a Nation. Additionally, Jean Chrètien?s Liberal government pushed ahead with its plan to create a law that sets out the rules around any future referendum on Quebec?s sovereignty.

    TheCanadian Annual Reviewis unique in its collection and presentation of the year in politics. The combination of the calendar and the text offers a superb, easy-access reference source for political events, both federal and provincial.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7212-3
    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 calender 1999
    (pp. xi-2)
    (pp. 3-10)

    Canada went to war in 1999. Joining with its NATO allies, Canada participated in a two-month air war against Yugoslavia over its treatment of Kosovar Albanians, engaging in combat for the first time since Korea in the 1950s. What is perhaps the most surprising point about this experience is that it was not necessarily the dominant event in Canada’s public affairs this year, as important as it undeniably was. Rather, when we turn to look back on the penultimate year of the twentieth century, it is likely that it will be known for an important turn in the country’s constitutional...


    • Parliament and politics
      (pp. 13-54)

      The Liberal government of Jean Chrétien passed the mid-point of its four-year mandate on 2 June. After winning a second consecutive majority in 1997, the governing party had basked in a sustained afterglow. The Liberals towered over other parties in opinion polls and the public also continued to give high marks to the prime minister. The Liberals dominated the House of Commons and presided over an economic upturn that had resulted in budget surpluses of a magnitude unseen and imagined for a generation. Rather than pursue an activist political agenda, the government assumed a managerial stance towards governance. Mr Chrétien...

    • Ottawa and the provinces
      (pp. 55-67)

      The year 1999 was a very interesting one in Canadian federal-provincial relations for a number of reasons, not least of which was the very unusual level of intergovernmental harmony that could be observed over the course of the year. Although federal-provincial relations were not cordial by any means, the number of issues debated was small and most efforts went into negotiating a number of treaties or ‘accords’ on subjects such as health care and the Social Union, which were expected to forestall future conflicts over subjects such as federal funding of programs in areas of provincial jurisdiction. After almost a...

    • Foreign affairs and defence
      (pp. 68-116)

      Canada had a good year in 1999, recording a second consecutive balanced budget, low unemployment, and a generally booming economy, but it also went to war in the Balkans, stretched its military razor-thin with numerous and simultaneous overseas deployments, and angered several key allies with its positions on human security, nuclear arms, and defence spending. It nevertheless concluded an active and vigorous year on the United Nations Security Council, averted a trade war with the United States over a range of minor cross-border irritants, and celebrated the fifth anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement with promises of even...

  7. The provincial perspectives
    (pp. 119-266)

    As expected, the Conservative government of Premier Mike Harris took its record of implementing the ‘Common Sense Revolution’ to the electorate in June. Despite the considerable opposition that had greeted each of their initiatives since 1995, they secured a second majority government, however like every Ontario government since the Second World War, they did so with a minority of the popular vote. The opposition parties, knowing that the division between them might well guarantee Conservative re-election, flirted with the idea of ‘strategic voting,’ whereby supporters of the Liberals and New Democrats would be urged to vote for the candidate in...

  8. Obituaries
    (pp. 267-270)
  9. Index of Names
    (pp. 271-284)
  10. Index of Subjects
    (pp. 285-298)