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Stéphane Dion: political scientist

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Quebec's quest for more power is spelled out in the Charlottetown Accord of 1992, and Canadians are about to vote in a referendum to accept or reject it. Offering his perspective on the document is Stéphane Dion, a professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. In this CBC-TV clip, Dion - seen three times - says the accord's extension of more powers is symbolic of the reconciliation with Quebec, but that there is "no rationale for the decentralization of powers" in it. 
• Stéphane Dion was born and raised in Quebec City and earned a doctorate in sociology from the Paris Institute of Political Studies in 1986.

• Dion was first elected to Parliament in a 1996 byelection. Then-prime minister Jean Chrétien, impressed by Dion's federalist convictions, recruited him after the 1995 referendum on Quebec sovereignty. Dion became minister of intergovernmental affairs under Chrétien and later was minister of the environment in Paul Martin's cabinet.

• It took four ballots at the Liberal leadership convention in 2006 for Dion, not considered a front-runner, to claim the leadership of the party.

• Though he is well known for friendliness to the environment, that is not why Dion prefers walking over driving. According to CBCNews.ca, he is colour-blind and cannot easily distinguish reds and greens. stephane
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Oct. 21, 1992
Guests: Jean Allaire, Stéphane Dion, Rita Dionne-Marsolais, Cameron Nish
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Tom Kennedy
Duration: 4:28

Last updated: February 6, 2014

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