An interesting read. Some of the points were lightly touched upon in the previous post, and in other posts I had written.
It will be interesting to see how a new government juggles these same sorts of issues.
I would be lying if I said it wasn’t important or a concern.
In a nutshell, in the realm of Federal-provincial relations with Québec on the constitutional (and symbolic) front, Harper used an approach which had never before been tried by a Federal government. Perhaps he did much of the leg work and laying of foundations which may serve as a road-map for the incoming government.
I’m sure a new government will want to do some tweaking of their own, but at least there are some time-tried lessons already left by the Harper government on which they can build (ie: the wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented, and time does not need to be wasted by trying different approaches with an uncertain outcome).
When I said that it will be interesting to see how a new government juggles these same sorts of issues, perhaps “interesting” is an understatement.
The 2018 provincial election may not seem that far away, but in terms of politics, a lot can always change in a very short period of time (five weeks ago, who would have ever thought we would be where we are today).
POST EDIT, so as to clarify where I share views with the article:
The focus which I honed in on was the fact that the Federal government staying out of provincial jurisdiction — unless invited by a provincial government to share in asymetric collaboration in domains of provincial jurisdiction — (in addition to gestures towards Canada’s French fact, albeit modest in nature) helped to temper the sovereignty debate.
There are lessons to be had here.