Quebec is a Canadian province.


The Quebec National Assembly, its legislature, and the Premier Ministre du Quebec, its Premier, hold some powers other legislatures and Premiers do not. Other unique institutions like the Civil Code, its Caisse Depot, Bill 101, and the Quebec constitution make it a distinct society in fact and in law. Despite this real life status, the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords which attempted to recognize it in the 1990s were never accepted, thus Quebec remains outside the Canadian constitution.


Four major parties contend provincially in Quebec:

The Bloc Quebecois claims to represent the will of the National Assembly as a whole, but in practice is allied to the Parti Quebecois.


The Quebec sovereignty issue tends to very much dominate debate about Quebec in Canada. The Clarity Act, steered by Stephane Dion and very unpopular in Quebec even with the Liberal Party of Quebec and its premier Jean Charest, sets a high threshold of 60% assent for any referendum separating Quebec from Canada. All political parties in Quebec openly oppose it.

Within Quebec, there are other Quebec issues that are of far more significance in daily life.