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Published in 1968 Federalism and the French Canadians is anideological anthology featuring a series of essays written by PierreElliot Trudeau during his time spent with the Federal Liberal party ofCanada The emphasis of the book deals with the problems and conflictsfacing the country during the Duplessis regime in Quebec While Trudeau stresses his adamant convictions on AnglophoneFrancophonerelations and struggles for equality in a confederated land he alsoelaborates on his own ideological views pertaining to Federalism andNationalism The reader is introduced to several essays that discussProvincial legislature and conflict Quebec and the ConstitutionalProblem A Constitutional Declaration of Rights while othercompositions deal with impending and contemporary Federal predicamentsFederal Grants to Universities The Practice and Theory ofFederalism Separatist Counter-Revolutionaries Throughout all thesedocumented personal accounts and critiques the reader learns that Trudeau is a sharp critic of contemporary Quebec nationalism and thathis prime political conviction or thesis is sporadically reflectedin each essay Federalism is the only possible system of governmentthat breeds and sustains equality in a multicultural country such asCanadaTrudeau is fervent and stalwart in his opinions towardsFederalism and its ramifications on Canadian citizenry Born andraised in Quebec he attended several prestigious institutions thateducated him about the political spectrum of the country After histime spent at the London School of Economics Trudeau returned toQuebec at a time when the province was experiencing vast differenceswith its Federal overseer The Union Nationale a religiousnationalist movement rooted deep in the heart of Quebec culture hadforced the Federal government to reconcile and mediate with them inorder to avoid civil disorder or unrest The Premier of Quebec at thetime Maurice Duplessis found it almost impossible to appease theneeds of each diverse interest group and faction rising within theprovince and ultimately buckled underneath the increasing pressureMany Francophones believed that they were being discriminated andtreated unfairly due to the British North American Act which failed torecognize the unique nature of the province in its list of provisionsTrudeau with the aid of several colleagues fought the imminent
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