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Last fall, in Inroads 18, we introduced readers to a just-published manifesto, For a Clear-Eyed Vision of Quebec (Pour un Québec lucide in French), the work of 12 prominent Quebecers including former Premier Lucien Bouchard. It warned of a threat to the very survival of Quebec as a vibrant distinct society in North America as a result of an aging population, mounting Asian competition in the global market and growing public debt. At the time we concluded, “In the short run, the manifesto changes little. But given its timing, its eloquence and the stature of its authors, its contentions are not likely to fade away.”

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