Jacques Parizeau: Party Destroyer or King-Maker

The court has ruled that a transparent referendum process endows Quebec with the right of self-determination. The ruling requires the rest of Canada to negotiate any new political relationship as an equal partner. That is a clear validation of the legitimacy of Quebec’s right to self-determination and should serve as a starting point for denouncing unilateral measures on both sides — the Clarity Act, which neglects the spirit of mutual justification, and Mr. Parizeau’s referendum election, which only serves to provide the rest of Canada and the international community with ammunition for not recognizing Quebec’s otherwise legitimate case for sovereignty.

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