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Lecture: The Quebec Election of April 2014: Initial Impressions and Future Significance

Publication date: Jun 16, 2014 3:39:39 PM

Start: Jul 10, 2014 6:00:00 PM
End: Jul 10, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


Professor Christopher Kirkey (State University of New York, Plattsburgh) - The immediate results of the April 7, 2014 election in Quebec are clear. The Liberal party, under the leadership of Philippe Couillard, emerged victorious capturing a clear parliamentary majority - 70 of the 125 seats in the Quebec National Assembly. The governing Parti Québécois, led by Premier Pauline Marois, was resoundingly defeated, capturing only 30 seats (down from a pre-election total of 54). The Coalition Avenir Québec emerged in third place with 22 seats.

What effects, both short and long-term, can be expected from this electoral outcome? Was the rejection of the PQ simply the reflection of a poorly managed election campaign? More broadly, what does the April election suggest about the future of the PQ as a party, and its long held aspiration for political independence from Canada? Are there deeper, more significant societal and political changes afoot – changes that are altering the Quebec political landscape for future generations?

Christopher Kirkey is Director of the Center for the Study of Canada and the Institute on Quebec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, where he holds the position of full professor of political science. He obtained a B.A. Honours and MA degrees from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Review of Canadian Studies and Québec Studies.

A scholar of comparative foreign policy and international relations theory, he is currently working on several projects, including a second edition of Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press) and a French language edition of Quebec Questions (Les presses de l’Université de Montréal). He is the co-editor (with Michael Hawes) of an upcoming special issue of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal focusing on the roles and impacts of provinces on Canadian foreign policy and (with Tony McCulloch) of a special issue of the British Journal of Canadian Studies. He is also co-editing a book (with Stéphane Paquin and Stéphane Roussel) entitled Québec and the World: Foundations, World Regions, Actors & Issues (McGill-Queen’s University Press) and a volume (with Michael Hawes) on Canadian foreign policy in a unipolar world (Oxford University Press).

Refreshments will be available from 17:00 and the presentation will start at 18:00. Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

This lecture marks the beginning of the London Colloquium on Canada, which will take place at the same venue on July 11 and 12. Attendance to this colloquium is also free and open to all, but separate registration is required.