Canada’s best source for informed, lively commentary and
analysis on the issues facing the country — and the world.

Issue 22 – Winter / Spring 2008

The Quebec election of March 26, 2007, brought Liberal Premier Jean Charest to the brink of defeat, reduced the Parti Québécois to third-party status and catapulted Mario Dumont’s Action Démocratique du Québec to the role of official opposition. One of the factors in the ADQ’s rise was Dumont’s critical stance toward “reasonable accommodation” of cultural and religious minorities. Inroads 22 contains an excerpt from a consultation document issued by the Bouchard-Taylor Commission, which the government appointed to study reasonable accommodation, along with comments from four distinguished observers. In addition, insiders and observers close to all three parties examine Quebec’s political landscape in the wake of the election.




Find inside

» Articles

» Book Reviews

» Columns

» Editorials and Rejoinders


The trivially hip

CBC radio and the decline of public broadcasting [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Arthur Milner


Claude Ryan’s vision and Liberal renewal

A key event for the Quebec Liberal Party and its renewal is a members’ convention scheduled for March 7–9, 2008, in Quebec City. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Geoffrey Kelley



Quebec politics after the ADQ breakthrough

An introduction by Henry Milner of five key insiders who share their observations about a Quebec election that was, in a number of ways, unprecedented [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Henry Milner


From the Melting Pot to Reasonable Accommodation

An introduction by Bob Chodos on the Reasonable Accommodation section of Issue 22 [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Bob Chodos



Quebec Liberals and the Quebec identity

John Parisella gives an insider's reflection on the Liberal Party of Quebec [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by John Parisella

stephen harper nixon

The enigma of Stephen Harper

The enigma of Stephen Harper is quite the opposite: hidden depths, concealed agendas, complex contradictions. There are any number of Harpers that flash by, and they simply do not add up. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Reg Whitaker



Harnessing the new millenarianism

A mode of thinking in Western culture that wears disguises and creeps into political thought and speech and into our daily lives. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Finn Poschmann


A break with Aboriginal orthodoxy

John Richards reviews Calvin Helin's, Dances with Dependency: Indigenous Success through Self-Reliance. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by John Richards



Individuals as actors in their own civic life

Why voters with young families supported the ADQ, and how to get them back [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Camil Bouchard

Mario Dumont , leader of the rightist Action Democratique du Quebec (ADQ),

Rupture or moderation?

Bryan Breguet and François Vaillancourt take a look at ADQ’s social and economic policies [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Francois Vaillancourt



When liberalism and pluralism conflict

David Goodhart the editor of the London-based magazine Prospect, recounts his week long trip to Canada. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by David Goodhart

MM Bouchard_Taylor14_08_07DSC_009 5R

Bouchard-Taylor and nation-building

Lurking behind reasonable accommodation in the commission’s consultation document, Seeking Common Ground, are issues relating to nation-building in Quebec. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Alan Cairns


rene levesque

The Quebec language question is back

From Saint-Léonard to the Bouchard-Taylor Commission [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Christian Rioux


Religion is the elephant in the room

Official public inquiries backed by public hearings and extensive research are a practice of which Canadians, or at least their governments, seem particularly fond. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Garth Stevenson



Seeking common ground

Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor offer an overview of the origin and practice of accommodation [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Gerard Bouchard


Canadian Studies and the Harper foreign policy agenda

Budgetary and administrative measures are altering the federal government’s historic support for promoting knowledge of Canada, both abroad and at home. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Richard Nimijean



More money for universities, but…

The government’s new funding strategy has brought money into the universities, but shaped them in a particular way. It is time to ask whether this is really what we want. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Keith Archer


Canadian federalism and the would-be nation builders

Our destiny, if we are to remain Canadians, is to be non-American. It simply will not do, if one wants to understand our federation, to ignore this reality. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Gary Caldwell