Introduction: Exploring the Dilemmas of Solidarity

Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation, Sujit Choudhry, J.-F. Gaudreault-DesBiens & L. Sossin, eds., pp. 1-28, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006

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Sujit Choudhry

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens

University of Montreal - Faculty of Law

Lorne Sossin

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Since the rise of the Canadian welfare state in the aftermath of the Second World War, the politics of social policy and fiscal federalism have been at the center of federal-provincial relations. Dilemmas of Solidarity re-examines and interrogates some basic aspects of the institutions and policies of the “Social Union”, a term coined by Keith Banting and others to emphasize that the Canadian welfare state had to adapt to the reality of federalism. At the core of debates over the Social Union and fiscal federalism are debates about redistribution within the Canadian federation. There are fundamentally different ways of conceptualizing what the appropriate character and scope of redistribution should be. Disagreement over these basic questions of principle generates disagreement on particulars. At a deeper level, these debates turn on different visions of the type of political community Canada is. Indeed, the dilemmas of solidarity raised by redistribution within the federation are, in the end, dilemmas about Canada itself.

Suggested Citation

Choudhry, Sujit and Gaudreault-DesBiens, Jean-François and Sossin, Lorne, Introduction: Exploring the Dilemmas of Solidarity (2006). Dilemmas of Solidarity: Rethinking Redistribution in the Canadian Federation, Sujit Choudhry, J.-F. Gaudreault-DesBiens & L. Sossin, eds., pp. 1-28, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3026198

Sujit Choudhry (Contact Author)

Center for Global Constitutionalism, WZB Berlin Social Science Center ( email )

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Germany

Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens

University of Montreal - Faculty of Law ( email )

Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Lorne Sossin

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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