Opinion polls about national unity issues are often troublesome. Here is one by Abacus that suggests that while a slim majority of non-Quebecers want Quebec to remain in Canada, a quarter would vote to kick out the province. The basis for either lukewarm support for Quebec or hard-edged opposition to the province stems from a perception of extra-favourable treatment, as if Quebec were a spoiled child of the Canadian family.
Author: Geoffrey Stevens
Published August 14, 2012, in Waterloo Region Record.
Conrad Black speaks at a luncheon at the Empire Club in Toronto on June 22, 2012. Columnist Geoffry Stevens wonders how a Lt Gov Black would make his mark on Ontario. The editors at The Telegram, the daily newspaper in St. John’s, N.L., had a bright idea.
As you can tell, I’ve been reading Peter Aucoin et al’s book, Democratizing the Constitution, over the summer and have really enjoyed it. Like any good book, it provokes important discussion and debate.
One of the strengths of the book is its analysis of prorogation, a most welcome and timely analysis given the events in Canada over the last four years.
On page 224, they write:
Author: Geoffrey Stevens.
Published August 11th, 2012 in Waterloo Region Record.
The two byelections being held on Sept. 6, in Kitchener-Waterloo and in the suburban Toronto riding of Vaughan, are much more than a routine exercise in filling a couple of vacant Legislature seats.
According to a recent Globe and Mail article:
“The Conservative government will introduce legislation that would allow first nations members living on reserve to own their property, a radical change that aims to spur economic development in native communities that choose to embrace the new law ….