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Harper’s hands-off approach to Quebec

By Chantal HÉbert      

Stephen Harper was not only an architect of the demise of the Bloc Québécois but also a driving force behind the 2011 orange wave and the 2015 Liberal revival in Quebec.

Former prime minister Stephen Harper. For the record, it was Liberal prime minister Paul Martin—not his Conservative successor— who updated the template for asymmetrical federalism by spelling out Quebec's right to determine its own health spending priorities in the 2004 Health Accord.  The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Did Stephen Harper's approach to Quebec accelerate the decline of the sovereignty movement, or was the former prime minister just the accidental beneficiary of a collective desire on the part of Quebecers to move on from the deadlock over the province's political future? In a text published in the magazine L'actualité on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Parti Québécois' short-lived 2012 victory, former Harper adviser Carl Vallée argues the Conservatives deserve significant credit for having

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