Straight Talk: Speeches and Writings on Canadian Unity Stéphane Dion

ISBN: 9780773567887

Published: November 1st 1999

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277 pages


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Straight Talk: Speeches and Writings on Canadian Unity  by  Stéphane Dion

Straight Talk: Speeches and Writings on Canadian Unity by Stéphane Dion
November 1st 1999 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 277 pages | ISBN: 9780773567887 | 5.65 Mb

So begins this collection of St phane Dions speeches from 1996 to 1998. Organized around four central themes, Straight Talk shows the breadth and strength of Dions convictions. Dion believes that Canada is first and foremost a nation of caringMoreSo begins this collection of St phane Dions speeches from 1996 to 1998. Organized around four central themes, Straight Talk shows the breadth and strength of Dions convictions.

Dion believes that Canada is first and foremost a nation of caring people, in contrast to the image projected by the endless, dry constitutional debate. He argues that the melding of diversity and unity that is the basis of this nation is possible only because of the particular federalism that Canadians have invented. This federalism, however, is far from perfect and it is the responsibility of government to continue to work to improve it, always remembering that its core must be the quality of service it provides to Canadians.

Dion believes that the Quebec question is not a constitutional question but one that concerns identity: many francophones believe that their identity and culture are not respected in the rest of Canada and see the anglophone majority as a force for assimilation, while many in other provinces feel that separatists do not share the same values of openness and tolerance. He believes strongly that the secession process the Parti Qu becois has proposed - effecting independence on the basis of incorrect legal theory, an unclear referendum question, and a majority of fifty percent plus one - is difficult to reconcile with democracy and raises questions that must be discussed openly and resolved democratically.

Straight Talk is a refreshingly honest and frank discussion about a matter that has been at the forefront of Canadians thoughts for too many years.



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