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Last October, 12 Quebecers of various professional backgrounds and political affiliations, led by former premier Lucien Bouchard, released a manifesto entitled For a Clear-Eyed Vision of Quebec (Pour un Québec lucide in French). While it acknowledged the huge progress made by Quebec society since the Quiet Revolution,  the manifesto also raised concerns about Quebec’s future as a vibrant and prosperous modern society as it confronts demographic decline, growing public debt, mounting foreign competition, institutional gridlock and a general unwillingness to face reality.

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