The Daily Plebiscite: Federalism, Nationalism, and Canada

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 15, 2022 - 336 pages

From the mid-1960s through the mid-1990s, Canada was in a state of ongoing political crisis. Within this thirty-year period, David R. Cameron was an active participant and observer of Canada's crisis of national unity. As a political scientist and former senior public servant in Ottawa and Ontario, Cameron remains one of the most astute and respected analysts of Canadian federalism.

This collection of essays assembles some of Cameron's best works on federalism, nationalism, and the constitution, including journal articles, book chapters, speeches, newspaper op-eds, and unpublished opinion pieces spanning more than forty years of engagement. In addition, The Daily Plebiscite includes a conversation between Cameron and the volume editor, Robert C. Vipond, on the "long decade" of the 1980s in Canadian constitutional politics, a brief history of the mega-constitutional era, and concluding reflections on the broader lessons that other divided societies might take from the Canadian experience.

Providing rich fare for anyone interested in questions of federalism, nationalism, and constitutionalism, The Daily Plebiscite offers an informed, insider perspective on the national unity question, and considers the challenges faced by a multinational, federal, and multicultural country like Canada.

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About the author (2022)

David R. Cameron is a professor of Political Science and Special Advisor to the President and Provost at the University of Toronto.

Robert C. Vipond is a professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

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