Sunday, November 12, 2006

Canadian Federalism Quiz

Actually, I suppose it's not a quiz because I don't know the answer. So help me out:

Has there ever, in Canadian history, been a provincial Premier so committed to provincial jurisdiction that they've refused federal funding - on principle - for an area (like health care or education) that the Constitution says is provincial?

I'm gonna say no, but I'd actually love to be proven wrong.


Anonymous said...


The closest thing I can think of is that Maurice Duplessis refused to sign onto the shared cost health care agreements (proposed in 56-57) which placed conditions on provincial health care spending, despite the fact that Quebec desperate needed the money. They didn't sign on until 1961 after Liberal Jean Lesage came to power.

Anonymous said...


What do I win?