JF Simard on the nationalism of accomodation

Rereading my post below about my review of Poliquin, I find it reads as though mine were the only piece in the April issue of the LRC.  Au contraire!

There’s quite a powerful piece by Christopher Moore about Six Nations’ land claims, in which he compares the situation along Grand River with the situation in BC: as various First Nations have recently been recognised out West as having legitimate complaints about infringements on their (non-treaty) land, owing to the 1973 Calder decision, so too the numerous 19th century appropriations of Iroquois land in Ontario may get recognised by the courts.  To be sure, such matters are always more than legal, i.e. political, but at the very least the essay is an eloquent heads-up on what the legal and political issues will be in the next 10-20 years.

Ian Clark has a wonderfully clinical take-down of Howard Woodhouse’s Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market, which, from the review, sounds like a new benchmark for academic self-entitlement.  Other highlights (in my book): Reed Scowen on Jacques Parizeau, Colin Robertson on Canadian-American relations, and — last but not least — as mentioned today in the Vancouver Sun — JF Simard on the “nationalism of accomodation” that has both robbed the PQ of its raison d’être and promised smooth sailing for Canadian federalism for the next while, even if we’re rather becalmed at present; translated by yours truly!

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New piece of mine in the LRC

In the current (April) issue of the Literary Review of Canada, which has been hitting newsstands everywhere, I have a one-page review of Daniel Poliquin’s biography of René Lévesque, which was nominated for both the Charles Taylor Prize ($25 000) and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize ($25 000).  My piece is just 1200 words or so, but it’s a stylistic tour de force etc.; and the book reviewed is quite interesting and written with great élan: Lévesque in cameo, the painter quite unafraid to show the subject’s wrinkles.

As a totally unapologetic francophone federalist — as an unapologetic federalist of any stripe — as a realist who could not care less about our cozy Compact arrangement in Canada — Daniel Poliquin is unique and very valuable.  I’m in earnest in this review when I exhort him to tackle Trudeau, but what we really need is In the Name of the Father (his 1999/2000 attack on Quebec nationalism) updated for 2010 and expanded to assault our platitudes from sea to sea.