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From Bourassa to Bourassa, Second Edition: Wilderness to Restoration Ian Macdonald

From Bourassa to Bourassa, Second Edition: Wilderness to Restoration

Ian Macdonald

Published September 5th 2002
ISBN : 9780773523913
Hardcover
384 pages
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 About the Book 

Robert Bourassa, a pariah after losing power to the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1976 election, emerged a decade later from political exile to lead his party back to power. As he said: I succeeded my successor. Claude Ryan, formerly theMoreRobert Bourassa, a pariah after losing power to the separatist Parti Québécois in the 1976 election, emerged a decade later from political exile to lead his party back to power. As he said: I succeeded my successor. Claude Ryan, formerly the respected publisher of Le Devoir, had led the Quebec Liberal Party and the federalist coalition to a decisive victory in the 1980 referendum on Quebec sovereignty, but the uneasy alliance of Ryan and Pierre Trudeau did not survive the prime ministers unilateral patriation of the Canadian constitution. This contributed to Ryans defeat in the 1981 Quebec election and to Bourassas restoration. First published to critical acclaim in 1984, this second edition of From Bourassa to Bourassa brings the story up-to-date, recounting Bourassas landslide election victory in 1985 and his subsequent role in the Meech Lake Accord and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the two issues that largely defined the decade of the 1980s for Quebec and for Canada.