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23 Comp. Pol. Stud. 3 (1990-1991)

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This article examines two main questions using mass-level survey data from the late 1970s. First,
to what extent was pan-Canadian nationalism limited by a bias favoring continentalism among
Quebec nationalists? Second, was Quebec nationalism at the same time constrained by a
centralist bias among pan-Canadian nationalists? The data analysis provides little confirmation
of either assumption and suggests instead that Quebec nationalists were considerably more
supportive of key priorities of pan-Canadian nationalism than would be expected given the
existing literature. Pan-Canadian nationalists also were more approving than expected of some
priorities of Quebec nationalism.






                         SOLITUDES IN COLLISION?

               Pan-Canadian and Quebec Nationalist

                                 Attitudes in the Late 1970s



                                                  SYLVIA BASHEVKIN
                                                     University  of Toronto






F or many years, students of Canadian politics have been puzzled by
      the seeming   weakness  of pan-Canadian   nationalism.  Located  to the
north of a fervently patriotic society, the Canadian public appears politically
diffident to scholarly observers-including, ironically,   nationalist writers
who  regard American   flag waving  with some  suspicion.
   In political terms, the strengths and weaknesses of pan-Canadian   nation-
alism are an important and fairly obvious consideration. The degree to which
Canadians   at the mass level identify with the kinds of economic and cultural
initiatives that have been proposed by  nationalists since the 1950s, particu-
larly since the  publication of  the Gordon   Report  in 1958,  constitutes a

AUTHOR'S   NOTE: Iwish to thank BruceArnold and Robert Boydfor their research assistance,
and the Connaught Program in Law and Public Policy at the University of Toronto forfinancial
assistance in the preparation of this article. Helpful comments on an earlier version, presented
at the 1988 Canadian Political Science Association meetings, were offered by Rdjean Landry,
Bob Young, and two anonymous readers.

COMPARATIVE  POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 23 No. 1, April 1990 3-24
© 1990 Sage Publications, Inc.
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