庄社理曾是前总理梅龙尼(Brian Mulroney)内阁成员，在上世纪80和90年代的宪法辩论中，他首当其冲。此外，他是米治湖(Meech Lake)和沙洛城(Charlottetown)会议的重要人物。
Charest wants Quebec recognized as a nation
Quebec Premier says reopening the Constitution not “on the radar”
The Canadian Press
Premier Jean Charest says he wants Quebec to one day be recognized as a nation under the Canadian Constitution.
But Charest says he doesn’t plan to push to reopen constitutional talks any time soon.
He says his government will be ready when the time comes.
Charest has been reluctant to address the issue since becoming Quebec premier, after spending years participating in fruitless constitutional talks.
Charest was reacting to a motion introduced on the weekend by his party’s youth wing.
The motion urged the Quebec Liberals to push for the province to be recognized as a nation if constitutional talks were to arise.
As a member of Brian Mulroney’s cabinet, Charest had a front-row seat in the wrenching constitutional debates of the 1980s and 1990s.
He was a key point person on the Meech Lake file and lived through the Charlottetown debacle.
“I don’t see it on the radar” as something that would be initiated any time soon, Charest told reporters Sunday in Sherbrooke, Que., at the end of the party’s weekend youth meeting.
But Charest insisted his government “will be ready” if a new round of constitutional talks were to arise.
The premier said that, ultimately, he’d like to see recognition of the “Quebec nation” entrenched in the Constitution.