In this workshop, Patriquin will draw on his extensive experience studying and reporting on Quebec politics and the ongoing independence movement. Following Brexit, many in Canada immediately began to question whether the public will to separate a national political community from a long standing political association would fuel renewed desire for independence in this province. Our political community represents a union holding Canada's great democracy together. In a world so susceptible to international influence and ideas, the ties binding this union may become blurred or unclear.
Patriquin will take participants through the history of Quebec’s independence movement and discuss the new challenges that our democracy now faces in the 21st century. He will explore the similarities between Brexit and Quebec independence and how a precedent set by the Brexit vote may pose renewed challenges to this union in the future and to the strength of Canadian democracy more generally.