The Canada Institute launched a new Occasional Paper Series in January 2006. The inaugural publication by Dwight Mason discusses the challenges Quebec would have had to face in foreign and defense policy had the 1995 referendum led to the province's independence. This first issue, "The Foreign and Defense Policies of an Independent Quebec," is available for download as a PDF.

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