Symposium: The Constitutional Crisis
and the Future of Qukbec
Participants: Daniel Latouche (McGill University)
and Panayotis Soldatos (UniversitC de Montreal)
Moderator: Martin Lubin (SUNY-Plattsburgh)
The following remarks were excerpted from the tape
transcript of the discussion held on October 3 , 1981, at Yale
The subject of our roundtable discussion this morning is the Canadian constitutional crisis and the future of Qukbec.
We have two distinguished panelists with us this morning to help
clarify the main aspects of this particular topic. Both are representatives of the Qukbec academic community, one from the
Universitk de Montrkal, the other from McGill University.
First, we welcome Professor Daniel Latouche, who teaches
in the Department of Political Science and is also affiliated with
the Programme d'Etudes Canadiennes-Franqaises at McGill
University. Among his numerous publications, Professor
Latouche has authored Une sociktk de 1 'ambiguite: Libkration
et rkcupkration dans le Qukbec actuel (1979); and he has coauthored with Edouard Cloutier Le systkme politique qukbkcois
(1979). I hope Daniel will draw upon the theme of Qukbec as
an ambiguous society in his discussion this morning. Professor
Latouche has also worn another hat, that of the engagk. He was
formerly a member of the editorial staff of Montrkal-Matin.
Furthermore, Professor Latouche worked in the office of the
Premier of Qukbec, Renk Lkvesque, as special adviser on constitutional questions. There is a rumor, which has never been
denied, that the actual referendum question in its final form was
drafted by Professor Latouche-in consultation with a multitude
of committees, to be sure!