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[H]e called for a bold definition of national unity and Canadian sovereignty that was relevant to the modern world. "We're an experiment as to whether a multicultural, multilingual society can survive and prosper," he said. "If we can't do it, no one can."
The speech contained the outlines of the Big Idea. While the revival of Quebec separatism remains a clear danger, he said, Canada also needs to deal with its other regional, ethnic and economic tensions before it is overwhelmed by them. Ignatieff, whose career has been devoted to chronicling human-rights abuses committed in the name of nationalism, said there was a "global stake in us getting this story right ... in a world which is ravaged by intolerance and hatred."
Could Michael Ignatieff's Canada be the Big Idea of this election?, Stephen Handelman, 12 décembre 2005
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