09 October 2018

Quebec's historical traditional demands requests


The Quebec government has said that any talks about the Senate would have to be broadened to deal with that province's "historical requests," such as recognition of its distinctiveness and demands for more powers — the same divisive issues on which the last two constitutional ventures, the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords, foundered. First Nations leaders would likely insist that aboriginal issues be part of the mix as well.

- approval over appointment of Quebec judges to the Supreme Court of Canada
- opting out of shared-cost programs within provincial jurisdiction, with full compensation for compatible programs
- recognition of a 'distinct society' in the Constitution of Canada
- more powers (e.g., communications)
- and a veto over constitutional amendments

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