The Legacy of the Quebec Secession Reference Ruling in Canada and Internationally

  • Errol P. MendesEmail author


This chapter focuses on some of the key political and legal reasons that first let to the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada. The chapter then focuses on the intermingling of politics and law in the ruling itself and the legal attempts to solidify the outcome of the ruling by the Canadian government in the Clarity Act along with the backlash to it from Quebec. Finally, in the conclusion, the author explores how these key political and legal factors behind the ruling and its impact in Canada act as cautionary signals for secessionist attempts in liberal democracies, especially in Europe. Above all, the chapter suggests that the Quebec Secession Reference warns that process legitimacy is critical for such secessionist movements in liberal democracies around the world.


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  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada

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