The Future of the Quebec Question

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21CQ is interested in the future of the Quebec Question for two reasons – articulated several times in past Global Brief articles:

  1. The defensive posture: if Quebec should ever secede, the Canadian federation would dissolve.

  2. The offensive posture: without Quebeckers – particularly francophone Quebeckers – dreaming about, and invested in, the continuous building and evolution of the Canadian federation, Canada is de-energized (not firing on all cylinders) – intellectually, culturally, politically and economically.

21CQ will engage both postures concurrently. It seeks to reframe the Quebec Question for the new century by providing a platform for the formation of (and networking among a) new generation of Canadian thinkers, leaders and actors on this central question. To this end, 21CQ’s key objectives include:

  1. a national languages strategy for Canada, stressing the need for future generations of Canadians to be highly bilingual in English and French, and preferably trilingual via a third language – either a major international tongue or an Aboriginal tongue (see 21CQ’s work on The Future of the Aboriginal Question).

  2. promotion of civil law pedagogy and training in Canadian common law schools, in the aim of developing a properly bijuridical legal class in Canada.

  3. regular rotation of civil servants across jurisdictions (e.g. from Ottawa to Quebec City, or from Quebec City to Edmonton, or from the City of St. John to Trois-Rivières) in order to create deeper professional and personal relationships and a richer understanding of the country among Canada’s governing classes.

21CQ will be making its arguments and interventions in support of its goals through conferences, briefings, publications, private and public interventions, as well as Track 1, Track 1.5 and Track 2 initiatives in Quebec and in other parts of Canada.

21CQ is interested in the future of the Quebec Question for two reasons – articulated several times in past Global Brief articles:

  1. The defensive posture: if Quebec should ever secede, the Canadian federation would dissolve.

  2. The offensive posture: without Quebeckers – particularly francophone Quebeckers – dreaming about, and invested in, the continuous building and evolution of the Canadian federation, Canada is de-energized (not firing on all cylinders) – intellectually, culturally, politically and economically.

21CQ will engage both postures concurrently. It seeks to reframe the Quebec Question for the new century by providing a platform for the formation of (and networking among a) new generation of Canadian thinkers, leaders and actors on this central question. To this end, 21CQ’s key objectives include:

  1. a national languages strategy for Canada, stressing the need for future generations of Canadians to be highly bilingual in English and French, and preferably trilingual via a third language – either a major international tongue or an Aboriginal tongue (see 21CQ’s work on The Future of the Aboriginal Question).

  2. promotion of civil law pedagogy and training in Canadian common law schools, in the aim of developing a properly bijuridical legal class in Canada.

  3. regular rotation of civil servants across jurisdictions (e.g. from Ottawa to Quebec City, or from Quebec City to Edmonton, or from the City of St. John to Trois-Rivières) in order to create deeper professional and personal relationships and a richer understanding of the country among Canada’s governing classes.

21CQ will be making its arguments and interventions in support of its goals through conferences, briefings, publications, private and public interventions, as well as Track 1, Track 1.5 and Track 2 initiatives in Quebec and in other parts of Canada.

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