Review: Quebec Separatism, Canadian Unity

M.V. Naidu, Oakville, On.: Mita Press, 1995. 302 Pp.

By Hanna Newcombe (reviewer)

Naidu, a political science professor of Brandon, Manitoba, has long been concerned about the issue of Canadian unity. He feels that the break-up of Canada would be a tragedy. A mere look at the map on the cover of the book gives rise to deep worries. The essays in this collection were written at different times, and are labeled as such, but are arranged under topics, exploring the constitutional and economic issues, the theory of federalism and nationalism, the Meech Lake Accord and the Charlottetown Accord, the two referendums on Quebec sovereignty, and finally an appeal for unity. The book was published on the eve of the 1995 referendum and is the author's attempt to influence its outcome toward the federalist side. Since the federalists did win, albeit narrowly, the book is perhaps of limited interest in 1997. There are some inaccuracies, especially in his account of the events of October 1970. Many of the essays were published in newspapers as opinion pieces, since Naidu believes academics have a duty to participate in public discourse. He believes that wisdom will prevail if Canadian unity is pursued with goodwill.

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