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Quebec federalist joins Senate

André Pratte has also been a constant advocate of a return to the constitutional table to deal with Quebec's place in the federation but also to modernize Canada's institutions. If Trudeau was looking to appoint a federalist contrarian from his home province to the Senate, Pratte fits the bill in more ways than one.

Absent the collective recognition on the part of its independent members that a merit-based Senate still lacks the legitimacy of an elected one, the Upper House has the potential to become a bigger plague on Canadian voters and their representatives than its previous partisan incarnation, writes Chantal Hébert. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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MONTREAL—Before emerging as one of Quebec's leading federalist voices, future senator André Pratte twice voted yes in the space of 15 years for a Quebec outside the Canadian federation. He distanced himself from the sovereignty project after the 1995 referendum and Jacques Parizeau's controversial remarks about having lost his bid to make Quebec a country to ethnic votes. But even before that, Pratte was more a soft nationalist than a secessionist. As a columnist for La Presse in

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