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Is sovereignty a viable option for Quebec From the days of Upper and Lower Canada up until the Meech Lake accord and Charlottetown agreements there have been never-ending conflicts between Quebec and the federal government For decades Canada has been hearing cries of salvation for a dying language and a repressed culture The Quebecois have over the years fought passionately to have their demands for special status met by Canada but beyond the emotional statements of a culture fearing extinction is sovereignty really a viable and feasible option for Quebec The debate in favor of separation is a highly emotional one but draws very little from facts and figures The fact that separation from Canada would severely harm Quebec is easily proven by examining the prosperity-within-Canada of the Quiet Revolution the fallacy of the French-Canadian Nation and the obvious economic disaster that would occur after separation caused by the outstanding debt and a drop in foreign investment First let us look at the glorious days of Quebec the Rvolution Tranquille as well as the passage of Bill 101 and the first referendum One of the most prosperous periods in the history of Quebec is that of the 1960s when Jean Lesages Liberal government brought on notably the nationalization of hydro-electric facilities a provincial hospitalization scheme and comprehensive educational reforms Separatists argue that Canada will continue to take over provincial jurisdictions and will never give them the rights and powers they deserve and that separation is therefore the only solution but the Lesage government was able to achieve its goal of being Matres chez nous without threats of secession In the late 1970s the Lvesque government replaced Bourassas dissatisfying Bill 22 with the ultimate weapon in conserving the French language and culture Bill 101 a protective bill devised to ensure the use of French as the primary language of business and politics in Quebec Thus Quebec had reached cultural sovereignty which was at
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