Dividing the House is an exercise in synthesis as much as analysis. It draws heavily on the works of many others. The most useful specific sources are provided in the references provided at the end of the book. While sovereigntist in orientation, the research sponsored by the Bélanger-Campeau commission and the Quebec National Assembly committee on sovereignty have been particularly valuable because of their comprehensiveness.
In addition to interviews, we have also relied for quotes on newspaper reports primarily from the Globe and Mail, but also from the Ottawa Citizen.
We are grateful to those we interviewed, among whom we can acknowledge: John Bryden, Marcel Côté, Joane Hurens, Anton Hykisch, Joseph Jockel, Goran Kapetanovic, André Legault, Edward Mcwhinney, Preston Manning, Patrick Monahan, Scott Reid, Gordon Ritchie, Maurice St-Germain, Robert A. Young. We are also thankful to those that have read drafts of the book and provided us with comments - John Granatstein, Katie Macmillan, and a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. Finally, we must express our appreciation to Phyllis Bruce for her excellent editorial comments and encouragement.
While this book is sometime written in the future tense as well as the conditional, we are not suggesting that Quebec separation is inevitable. This book is offered as an exercise in contingency planning rather than forecasting. Facing the possibilities, however grim, is just common sense.
This book deals with rapidly evolving current issues. Parts of it may very well be overtaken by events. But we believe that the main thrust of our arguments and analyses will remain highly relevant during the public debate over the proposed 1995 Quebec referendum.
December 11, 1994