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Trade Unions and Separatism in Québec

The Confédération des syndicats nationaux, the Idea of Independence, and the Sovereigntist Movement

von Ralph Peter Güntzel
ISBN: 978-3-89639-184-1
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  • Beschreibung
Beiträge zur Kanadistik, Band 4 (Hrsg. Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien)
  • 162 Seiten, Paperback
  • Format 22,0 x 15,0 cm
  • 1. Auflage
  • Erscheinungsdatum: 25.11.1996


In 1960 as the Quiet Revolution unfolded the Québec-based Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Canada's second-largest trade union center after the Canadian Labour Congress, was both a champion of provincial autonomy and an advocate of federalism. In the late 1960s and the early 1970s, however, a majority of its militants came to favour separatism. In May 1980, when the Québec government led by René Lévesque held a referendum on sovereignty-association, the CSN supported a yes vote. Yet the trade union center did not officially endorse independence, mostly because its leadership feared internal divisions and disaffiliations. This study traces and analyses the rise of separatism within the CSN, and the eventful relationship between the trade union center and Québec's nationalist movement.

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