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Gibbons, Roger  
... Prime Minister [Jean Chretien] has achieved for Quebec what the majority of Quebec nationalists have sought for the past 30 years - a distinct position within the Canadian federal system in which Quebec is not a province like the others but rather has the de facto status of a separate national community, dealing one-on-one with the government of Canada. This has been achieved, moreover, with no loss of political power in Ottawa. The new 9-1-1 form of federalism, in which the nine provinces other than Quebec negotiate as a group with Ottawa, which then negotiates bilaterally with Quebec, is reinforced by partisan dynamics. Quebec is not necessarily hurt in the division of spoils by the leverage provided by the ongoing threat of separation, and it is this threat that helps maintain the Liberal party's lock on national office. So long as the threat exists, the Liberals can run as the one national party that can hold the country together, just as the PQ can run as the party best able to ward off encroachments from Ottawa. It can be argued that this new model of federalism can only be sustained by a prime minister from Quebec, and here the Liberals hold all the trumps.

Feb. 1999 - from "Taking Stock: Canadian Federalism and Its Constitutional Framework", published in How Ottawa Spends: 1999-2000, edited by Leslie Pal
Grafstein, Jerahmiel (Jerry) S.  
 We want to employ the federal government's authority and unparalleled reputation ... to the question of clean drinking water. There is a moral imperative, a political imperative, to do that. There isn't a region in the country ... that hasn't got a serious problem.

Apr. 8, 2001 - Proposing that the federal government take over provincial responsibility for Canada's largely-excellent water systems, quoted in "Ottawa Asked to Regulate Drinking Water Safety" by Tim Naumetz, National Post
Newman, Peter C.  
... an iron law of Canadian politics: Any sea change in the federal political landscape is always telegraphed by switches in provincial governments. This holds true because the essential organizational help that provincial parties in power can grant their federal allies is suddenly cut off.

Mar. 15, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
Paquet, Gilles  
It is centralization and not decentralization that is the source of balkanization in Canada.

Feb. 1999 - from "Tectonic Changes in Canadian Governance", published in How Ottawa Spends: 1999-2000, edited by Leslie Pal