Canadian Politics/open federalism
Why may open federalism be controversial? Is it controversial because it is used as a tactic to get more support from Quebec? It is controversial because it supports Quebec autonomy?
Thank you for your question.
The issue of how our country deals with its federalist nature always seems to have some controversy. It stems from the very idea of how we are to govern ourselves.
Some people believe that we are a partnership of 10 provinces and the federal government and that therefore what one province gets, all should receive.
Others view us as a compact between the two founding nations: French and English.
Still others believe that provincial governments should really be the ones running the country.
The conception of "open federalism" has a lot to do with decentralizing power from the federal government to the provinces. It's not necessarily solely about Quebec, but la belle province has certainly been more aggressive than other provinces about acquiring decentralized powers.
I don't think there's a single reason for its controversial nature, but if I had to offer one, I would say that open federalism is often controversial because it challenges our ideas of what it means to be Canadian.
I hope this helps.