Couillard says little desire for national unity debate, wants one anyway

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard responds to Opposition questions over contacts he had with former Liberal minister Marc-Yvan Cote, during question period May 31, 2017 at the legislature in Quebec City. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

By Caroline Plante, The Canadian Press, June 1, 2017 

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said Thursday he is fully aware there is currently little appetite across the country to re-open the Canadian Constitution.

His government is nevertheless going in that direction anyway, the premier told reporters.

“I’ll make a bet, If you go and ask any of the premiers across the country I don’t think anyone would want to open the Constitution right now,” Couillard said.

He said there is the impression in Canada that citizens shouldn’t talk about the fact Quebec never signed the Constitution when it was patriated from the U.K. in 1982.

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