Study Questions: Chapter 4

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1. How has Canada’s party system appeared to be more regionally based as opposed to nationally based?

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2. What explains the persistence of regionalism?

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3. Historically, how have the federal government’s major economic policies been slanted towards the interest of Central Canada?

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4. How has Alberta viewed the federal government’s involvement in its oil industry (i.e., the National Energy Policy)?

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5. How is Quebec generally a more collectivist society than the rest of the provinces?

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6. What are the major cross-border regions that include Canadian provinces and US states?

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7. What was the Reform Party’s major slogan that represented regional resentment?

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8. According to Gibbins and Arrison, what are the core values that are more solidly anchored in the West of Canada than in the East?

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9. Why has the dissatisfaction of Maritimers not produced a major political vehicle for the expression of alienation and resentment?

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10. Why does Patrick Boyer state that referendums and other forms of populism have been used most extensively in the West?

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