The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum And The Day That Almost Was by Chantal HebertThe Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum And The Day That Almost Was by Chantal Hebert

The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum And The Day That Almost Was

byChantal Hebert

Hardcover | September 2, 2014

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A sly, insightful and wonderfully original book from one of Canada's most popular political analysts, Chantal Hébert, and one of Quebec's top political broadcasters, Jean Lapierre.
          Only the most fearless of political journalists would dare to open the old wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum, a still-murky episode in Canadian history that continues to defy our understanding. The referendum brought one of the world's most successful democracies to the brink of the unknown, and yet Quebecers' attitudes toward sovereignty continue to baffle the country's political class. Interviewing 17 key political leaders from the duelling referendum camps, Hébert and Lapierre begin with a simple premise: asking what were these political leaders' plans if the vote had gone the other way. Even 2 decades later, their answers may shock you. And in asking an unexpected question, these veteran political observers cleverly expose the fractures, tensions and fears that continue to shape Canada today.
CHANTAL HÉBERT is a national affairs writer with the Toronto Star and a guest columnist for L'Actualité. She is a weekly participant on the political panel "At Issue" on CBC's The National as well as Radio-Canada's Les Coulisses du pouvoir. Her first book is French Kiss: Stephen Harper's Blind Date with Quebec. Hébert is a past recipie...
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Title:The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum And The Day That Almost WasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.51 × 5.84 × 1.1 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345807626

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read exhaustive facts Every political junkie should read it its detailed objective well balnced and offfers al sides an opporunity
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a shocking account I couldn't put this down. It's a true-life constitutional horror story. We all know how close the result was. But it's both terrifying and fascinating to discover just how unprepared any of the protagonists were for a Yes victory -- including the Yes campaign leaders themselves.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What if? It's the greatest what-if in modern Canadian political history. What if those sixty-odd-thousand votes had swung the other way? In interviews with the key players, the bit players, and the onlookers, Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre contemplate the morning that never was. And they do it well. The chapter-interview scheme sometimes doesn't work but here the authors (or editor) pull it off. The tension of the night is all there and some of my earliest political memories came flooding back. I had to go watch Peter Mansbridge video. This is the story of a complacent federalist side; whose complacency led to confusion and division on the night and for plans afterwards; so much so that Jean Chrétien inconceivably felt he could remain Prime Minister. Had he not resigned, surely the Bloc, the Reformers, and a split Liberal party would have registered their no confidence. This book lets you play out all those political scenarios in your mind. It's a rare English-language look at the referendum and another addition to a recent run of great Canadian political titles.
Date published: 2014-04-23

Editorial Reviews

FINALIST 2014 – QWF Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-FictionLONGLISTED 2015 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction"[Chantal Hébert] may be the country's most consistently insightful analyst of federal politics, especially as it plays in Quebec." --Maclean's"Hébert possesses an unparalleled aptitude for political analysis." --Hour.ca"[French Kiss] not only reads the entrails of the last federal election, but offers a sober--and sobering--assessment of the Canadian political firmament as we speak. . . . It's very good work. --Edmonton Journal