Idealism and Elitism as Determinants in Support of Quebecois Sovereignty Though still largely concerned with economic and linguistic impact, support of sovereignty or federalism also weighs heavily upon perceived Quebecois and Canadian nationalism. As Paul Howe posits (1998), economic and linguistic possibilities under sovereignty are intrinsically optimistic by those aligning themselves as “strongly Quebecois”, and others not strongly opposed may be persuaded into either camp when provided arguments that challenge analytical reasoning (p. 55). This essay serves to support the argument that despite socio-economic class, nationalism and rational interpretation is the true dichotomy predetermining support for or opposition to Quebec...The end:
..... another significant portion of the population may be considered nearly supportive, needing merely the opportunity to analytically examine the issues, therefore begetting a potential for majority support of Quebec sovereignty, due to both nationalism and rational interpretation. References Ornstein, Michael D., & Stevenson, H. Michael (1981). Elite and Public Opinion Before the Quebec Referendum: A Commentary on the State of Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 14(4), 745-774 Howe, Paul (1998). Rationality and Sovereignty Support in Quebec. Canadian Journal of Political Science, 31(1), 31-59. Balthazar, Louis (1995). Quebec and the Ideal of Federalism. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 538, 40-53.