The recent Quebec election and what effect it may or may not have on Canada. What happened in Quebec and why. Criticisms of the federal government and its lack of understanding of regional problems and disparities. A discussion of the various regions of Canada and issues particular to each. The changing face of Newfoundland. The potential of Newfoundland. Major commercial discoveries of offshore oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador. Potential in the fishing and mining industries. Provincial patriotism. The pressure for more provincial autonomy. Confrontations between federal and provincial governments. The real power of government. The role of emotions vs. facts or statistics. A discussion of the problem of Quebec separation and how the federal government is handling it. Suggested solutions to the problem of regionalism. Challenges and consequences for Canada if the challenges are not met.
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