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The confederation settlement in Canada was proclaimed in 1867 and for the next 100 years Quebec was politically quiet showing no signs of agitation toward the constitutional guidelines During this period Quebec nationalism remained very defensive in character with the primary effort of Quebec politicians being to protect the constitutional framework rather campaigning for reform With the onset of the quiet revolution in the early 1960s for which Quebec began to progress in many ways economically politically and becoming one of the most secular provinces in Canada The Quebec government began to push for reform in the constitution pushing for its recognition as a distinct society due to the vast francophone majority in the province Further manifestations maintained that Quebec should become a sovereign state in control of its own politics these proposals went to attempts at referendum in the constitution act in 1982 the Meech lake Accord in 1987 and the Charlottetown Accord in 1991-92 all of which will be discussed later This move for reform of the system was intensified with the emergence of other sources of political discontent such as the Aboriginal peoples lack of representation in the House of Commons for the economically prosperous west and new social movements such as Feminism and environmentalism The Canadian system seems in need of reform but is the province of Quebec the only real or major source of discontent Quebec has been a major source of political debate in Canada since the beginning of the 1960s as their quiet revolution began The quiet revolution was a period of great change for the Quebecois the most important probably being those of secularisation and as the economy and society in Quebec went through this period of change it no longer became a disadvantage to be of French mother tongue As French became the language of teaching and of business in Quebec an increase in nationalism arose as the Quebecois began seeking constitutional recognition of their
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