The Daily Plebiscite: Federalism, Nationalism, and Canada

Essays by David R. Cameron
Edited by Robert C. Vipond

© 2021

From the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, Canada was in a state of ongoing political crisis. Within this thirty-year period, David R. Cameron was an active participant and observer of Canada’s crisis of national unity. As a political scientist and former senior public servant in Ottawa and Ontario, Cameron remains one of the most astute and respected analysts of Canadian federalism.

This collection of essays assembles some of Cameron’s best works on federalism, nationalism, and the constitution, including journal articles, book chapters, speeches, newspaper op-eds, and unpublished opinion pieces spanning more than forty years of engagement. In addition, The Daily Plebiscite includes a conversation between Cameron and the volume editor, Robert C. Vipond, on the "long decade" of the 1980s in Canadian constitutional politics, a brief history of the mega-constitutional era, and concluding reflections on the broader lessons that other divided societies might take from the Canadian experience.

Providing rich fare for anyone interested in questions of federalism, nationalism, and constitutionalism, The Daily Plebiscite offers an informed, insider perspective on the national unity question, and considers the challenges faced by a multinational, federal, and multicultural country like Canada.

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The Daily Plebiscite offers a multi-faceted analysis of Canada’s national unity crisis from the perspective of someone who lived through it all.

The Daily Plebiscite: Federalism, Nationalism, and Canada

Essays by David R. Cameron
Edited by Robert C. Vipond

© 2021

From the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, Canada was in a state of ongoing political crisis. Within this thirty-year period, David R. Cameron was an active participant and observer of Canada’s crisis of national unity. As a political scientist and former senior public servant in Ottawa and Ontario, Cameron remains one of the most astute and respected analysts of Canadian federalism.

This collection of essays assembles some of Cameron’s best works on federalism, nationalism, and the constitution, including journal articles, book chapters, speeches, newspaper op-eds, and unpublished opinion pieces spanning more than forty years of engagement. In addition, The Daily Plebiscite includes a conversation between Cameron and the volume editor, Robert C. Vipond, on the "long decade" of the 1980s in Canadian constitutional politics, a brief history of the mega-constitutional era, and concluding reflections on the broader lessons that other divided societies might take from the Canadian experience.

Providing rich fare for anyone interested in questions of federalism, nationalism, and constitutionalism, The Daily Plebiscite offers an informed, insider perspective on the national unity question, and considers the challenges faced by a multinational, federal, and multicultural country like Canada.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    David R. Cameron is a professor of Political Science and Special Advisor to the President and Provost at the University of Toronto.


    Robert C. Vipond is a professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction
    Robert C. Vipond

    Part I: National Unity and the Thirty Years of Travail

    2. “Quebec and the Right to National Self-Determination” (1974)

    3. “The Marketing of National Unity” (1980)

    4. “A passionate Canadian Pepin heard voice of communities within federalism”
    The Gazette (Montreal) (1995)

    5. “Not Spicer and Not the B & B: Reflections of an Insider on the Workings of the Pepin-Robarts Task Force on Canadian Unity” (1993)

    6. The long Decade of the 1980s: David Cameron in Conversation

    7. “Lord Durham Then and Now” (1990)

    8. Maison Egg Roll (1992)

    9. “A very Canadian independence movement; Quebec separatists avoid the language of an oppressed people: They know it would be silly”
    The Ottawa Citizen (1995)

    10. “Responsible government: Quebec would serve its people better if it were to agree to play by the constitutional rules instead of a unilateral declaration of independence”
    The Gazette (Montreal) (1996)

    11. “Does Ottawa Know It Is Part of the Problem?” (1996)

    12. “The court's supreme wisdom”
    The Ottawa Citizen (1998)

    13. “National Unity and Paradigm Shifts” (1998)

    Part II: Contemporary Canadian Federalism: Policies, Practices, and Values

    14. “Intergovernmental Relations and Democracy: An Oxymoron If There Ever Was One?” (2001)
    Richard Simeon and David R. Cameron

    15. “Intergovernmental Relations in Canada: The Emergence of Collaborative Federalism” (2002)
    David R. Cameron and Richard Simeon

    16. “Inter-Legislative Federalism” (2002)

    17. “Recognizing Quebec in the Constitution of Canada: Using the Bilateral Constitutional Amendment Process” (2008)
    David R. Cameron and Jacqueline D. Krikorian

    18. “The Paradox of Federalism: Some Practical Reflections” (2009)

    19. “Church and State in a Binational Multicultural Society: The Case of Canada” (2013)

    20. “Canada’s Constitutional Legitimacy Deficit: Learning to Live with It” (2015)

    Conclusion
    David R. Cameron

    Copyrights and Permissions
    Timeline

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