Some advantages of Canadian disunity: how Quebec sovereignty might aid economic development in English-speaking Canada*

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    This is a revised version of the W.C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture, delivered at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton and Saint John, 18 and 20 March 1991). I thank Ray Breton, Claude Denis, Neil Guppy, Rhonda Lenton, John Myles, Gregg Olsen, Jim Richardson, Michael Shalev, Luc Theriault, and the four anonymous CRSA reviewers for helpful comments on a draft of this paper. This manuscript was received in April, 1991 and accepted in October, 1991.

Abstract

Les conflits relatifs au partage des pouvoirs entre de grandes communautés ethniques possédant chacune un ensemble complet d'institutions peuvent aboutir à une décentralisation telle que l'État cesse d'être un instrument efficace de planification économique et que l'économie du pays commence à en souffrir. Le cas de tiraillements Canado-québécois illustre ce type de processus et soulève la question suivante: l'avenir économique du Canada ne serait-il pas plus prometteur si le Québec devenait indépendant?

Jurisdictional disputes between large, institutionally complete ethnic communities in a single society may promote so much decentralization of authority that the state becomes ineffective as an economic planner. Economic decline may result. The Canada/Quebec case illustrates this process and suggests that Quebec independence may improve Canada's economic prospects.

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