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By Thomas King

A flock of Indians has simply flown smack into the part of a BayStreet skyscraper. back. It’s as much as invoice and Rudy to tag the dwell ones, nursethem to health and wellbeing on the shield and liberate them again into the wild.

Thomas King is again in incredible, fantastical shape during this latestcollection of brief tales, a few new, a few formerly released. Compiled in acomic travel de strength, the entire choices in a brief historical past ofIndians in Canada are showcases for King’s fully unique model ofimagination and wit. In 20 stories, King pokes a pointy stick into the gears of thenative myth-making computer, slyly exposing the uncooked underbelly of either historicaland modern native-white relationships. during the laughter, those storiesshimmer brightly with the common truths that unite us.

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From western Canada in particular, politicians warned that Quebec secession would be neither painless nor amicable. In some eyes, Bouchard's position in Ottawaof leading an official opposition committed to the secession of part of the statewas that of a traitor (see Alberta Premier Ralph Klein's discussion with radio host Rafe Mair, as reported by Cernetig, 1994). Nor, it was pointed out, could Quebec necessarily expect to leave with all the territory currently held as a province (see also below).

The PQ, on the other hand, aware of the questions in voters' minds, stressed that good government and economic improvement should be the immediate priority. Of course, sovereignty inevitably took centre stage anywayeven Parizeau himself acknowledged this when (for example), speaking to fishermen in the Gaspé, he pointed out that good government would be best achieved through independence. In early August, internal difficulties in the separatist camp emerged. Generally, Parizeau favoured the opening of 'discussions' with Canada, and the passage of a 'pro-sovereignty declaration' in the National Assembly, immediately after the election.

In early August, internal difficulties in the separatist camp emerged. Generally, Parizeau favoured the opening of 'discussions' with Canada, and the passage of a 'pro-sovereignty declaration' in the National Assembly, immediately after the election. The BQ, on the other hand, endorsed a more measured approach; in particular, Bouchard (much more popular, personally, than Parizeau, by the way; the latter acknowledged that he was a 'technician' of independence and not the 'conscience' of nationalism embodied in the PQ's founder, René Lévesque) rejected the idea that the National Assembly itself could assume a pro-independence stance before the referendum.

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