Conditions Under Which Québec Prefers a Strong Federal Government, or Why Decentralization is not Necessarily a Good Thing for Québec

Michel Venne


Let me begin by thanking the organizers of a Simon Fraser University federalism work- shop for inviting a non-academic to share some reflections about federalism.1 This file cannot stay closed forever. While preparing these re- flections, I came across a lapel pin representing the fleur de lisé — the Québec flag — which il- lustrates one of the main points I want to stress here: the Québec question is essentially a ques- tion of identity and recognition. It has little or nothing to do with the so-called fiscal imbal- ance or any other specific problem of that kind.

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