By Ronald Watts

As Canadians query the way forward for their federation and look at adjustments to it, there's a lot that may be discovered from federal platforms in other places. at the present there are twenty-three federations on the earth (representing over 40 in line with cent of the world's inhabitants) comprising quite a few kinds and adaptations. during this examine, Ronald Watts presents a transparent research of the layout and operation of a pattern of federations selected for his or her relevance to Canadian concerns.

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Greta’s gray eyes flash. —then realizes, disconcertingly, that she does. ” says Judy. “Being family? ” Hattie stops waving. ” says Greta. “How creative,” says Hattie, after a moment. ” Judy waves her hand. “You’d be creative, too, if you were in her shoes,” she observes. “If you had a hip like hers and were leaving Everett on top of it. ” Leaving Everett? “Giving him the heave-ho,” confirms Judy as Greta gasps. “Dumping him flat. ” Judy folds her program up into a fan; and indeed, what with the crowd, the room is getting warm.

Excuse me. ” He spoke softly, as everyone could hear everything in their old house—and tuned in, too, of course. ” “No, no. ” He winked at Hattie. ” “I don’t have,” corrected Hattie. ” Her mother did not even tell her that children, excuse me, did not speak to their fathers that way. “You are siding with your mother,” she said instead—in Chinese, now, though not in the lispy, fat-tongued Qingdao dialect their family all spoke, but in Mandarin. Hattie’s father nodded. “I’m afraid of her,” he agreed disarmingly, speaking Mandarin, too—meeting his wife, as if on a bridge.

Her dry eyes that did not shine much anymore somehow shone; outside the latticed window, even the moon seemed to brighten, and the blue night clouds. And Hattie was glad to behold that brightening, even as she was relieved, a minute later, to hear her mother switch to English. “I will not see her married off,” she said, as soon as Năi-nai left the room. ” She leaned forward, her wattley neck straining hard against her collar. ” Hattie’s father raised his smooth hand. Though his wife was the Westerner in the family, he was the one in Western clothes—pants and a shirt.

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