Quebec as a Separate Nation in Sovereign Canada Cover Image

Kvebek kao posebna nacija u okviru jedinstvene Kanade
Quebec as a Separate Nation in Sovereign Canada

Author(s): Edin Djedović
Subject(s): Constitutional Law, Civil Society, Government/Political systems, Sociology of Law
Published by: Pravni fakultet - Univerzitet u Zenici
Keywords: federalism; Supreme court; constitutionalism; Quebec; referendum; nation;

Summary/Abstract: Canada is a very heterogeneous political community with a large number of ethnic and language collectives in which thirteen different ethnic groups have more than a million people. Quebec especially stands out as a francophone province which has aspirations to become an independent country. The relationship between Canada as a country and Quebec as its federal unit is determined as a factor of (in)stability of the whole state system. Canada is very decentralized federation to the extent that it is often called confederation. When it comes to the state’s unity, the Advisory opinion of the Canada’s Supreme court, which states that federalism, democracy, constitutionalism, rule of law and taking into consideration minorities’ rights function symbolically and make connected system of Canada as a federal country, is especially distinguished. The real role of the Supreme court is in fact the protection of federalism which secures in Canada the vital necessary unity of diversity which implies not only recognition of the state, but also protection of francophones through the territorial unit Quebec as a separate nationality in sovereign Canada.

  • Issue Year: 11/2018
  • Issue No: 21
  • Page Range: 109-139
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Bosnian