CFN– Bilingualism activist Jean Lecompte and I made a wager awhile back about whether Quebec was really part of Canada of not. I said it was and Mr. Lecompte after reviewing information shared by our viewers in the story sent in the following email.
I apologize for my delay in responding to your appropriate celebratory wording.
I am not a daily checker my e-mails.
From the many responses to my statement, it appears that I rightfully owe you a coffee, a deal I plan to live up to . . .
Let me know the WHEN & WHERE of your availability.
Actually, I thank you for eliciting such a multitude of reactions to my statement. They have been enlightening.
Notwithstanding the paucity of accredited constitutional experts’ input among the responses , I did find enough to confirm a heartfelt fervent wish of mine, that there be no easy loopholes through which Quebec could slip out of our Confederation.
I especially would like to thank Jean Serge whose input reminded us of the historical documents that brought about our nation’s cohesion, namely,
1. The Treaty of Paris (1763)
2. The Quebec Act (1774)
3. The Act of Union (1840)
4. The British North American ACt (1867) i. e. The Constitution Act (1867)
5. The Constitution Act (1982) .
* The Consitution Act of 1982 which contains the Charter is just one of two parts of our constitution.
The clincher, for me, really came from the kerfuffle around the debate of the presence of the Canadian Flag at the Quebec parliament when, in the words of M. Laurent Lessart, the liberal opposition whip”s statement, “Tant que le Québec fera partie de la fédération canadienne, il serait inacceptable de retirer le drapeau canadien de la salle du conseil législatif.
Coming from a prominent legislative Quebecer it reassures me of the legal bonds that link our two major cultures.
LONG LIVE QUEBEC WITHIN CANADA!
LONG LIVE CANADA!
Waiting to hear from you,
Jean R. Lecompte
I think it’s amazing when people can exchange ideas without toxicity or anger and come to common ground. Cheers to Mr. Lecompte and a Coffey’s Coffee for both of us!