Study Questions: Chapter 7

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1. According to Brooks and Ménard, why must federalism be understood as a constitutional structure?

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2. What is the difference between nationalism and regionalism? What challenges do they pose for a federal state?

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3. What were the contradictory forces faced by the Fathers of Confederation when deciding upon the type of political union they should create?

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4. What were the quasi-federal provisions in the Confederation agreement?

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5. What are the three variants of contract theory?

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6. What two events concerning French-language education outside of Quebec contributed to the identification of French Canada only with Quebec?

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7. What was René Lévesque’s strategy for achieving secession?

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8. What were the major differences between the views of Trudeau and Mulroney regarding Quebec’s place in the Canadian federation?

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9. What are the potential impacts on Canadian federalism as a result of both the federal Liberal motion recognizing Quebec as a distinct society and the federal Conservative resolution recognizing Quebec as a nation?

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10. What are some of the grievances of the peripheral provinces against Ontario and Quebec?

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