Canadian Defence & Foreign
New Research Publication
Examines Anti-military Sentiment and Canadian Defence Policy
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2005 - Calgary, Alberta - The Canadian Defence &
Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI) released the first in a series
of new research publications today. Two Solitudes: Quebecers'
Attitudes Regarding Canadian Security and Defence Policy demonstrates
it is no myth French and English-speaking Canadians think quite
differently about major questions of Canadian foreign and defence
policy. The French-English dichotomy is not the only ethnic, religious
or linguistic division in Canada, but it remains fundamental.
"Historically, French-speaking Canadians had one mother country
- Canada - while English Canadians had two - Canada and Great Britain
- and were seen as trying to serve both. French Canadians had little
or no sympathy from British Imperialism," reports Jean-Sebastien
Rioux, Laval University, Fellow of the CDFAI and author of the paper.
"Today, the United States has taken the place of Great Britain
in the minds of many Francophone Quebecers."
The research paper points out Quebecers are more internationalist,
more "dovish", more antipathetic to American global aspirations,
less comfortable with globalization and much less inclined to sanction
the use of Canadian troops abroad, except for humanitarian reasons.
Two Solitudes: Quebecer's Attitudes Regarding Canadian Security
and Defence Policy is the first in a series of new research
publications that will be published every quarter by the Canadian
Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute.
CDFAI is a Calgary-based "think tank" dedicated to academic
research into issues of Canadian foreign and defence policies. CDFAI
intends to circulate this research as widely as possible to policy-makers,
community leaders, business leaders, academics, journalists and
CDFAI is a federally approved charitable organization that sponsors
a variety of projects and programs dedicated to Canada's foreign
policy, military preparedness and national security. The full range
of CDFAI activities can be reviewed on the CDFAI website www.cdfai.org.
Media outside Quebec contact:
External Relations Manager, CDFAI
Media within Quebec contact:
Laval University/ CDFAI Fellow
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