CFN – While new Quebec Premier opened ugly sides of racism and linguistic hate in the last election that saw her gain a minority victory questions have to be asked “What of Stephen Harper’s Quebec strategy?”
And there is one. Our Prime Minister is primarily known as a Politician of Strategy. There’s not much hidden. Not too many surprises. It’s a grinding machine that rolls around or over on its way to its targets.
We’ve already seen the media shift hard to the right since his first election victory and so far barring a really really really embarrassing scandal (not Bev Oda embarrassing) we most likely will see another Harper Government next election.
What was kinda sorta interesting about the last Federal election was that Mr. Harper seemed to walk far away from Quebec; almost encouraging Thomas Mulcair’s NDP to beat up the Grits and grind the party he has such a hate on for.
Now what? Across Canada we’re seeing a huge backlash against official bilingualism and in many instances for justifiable reasons. It’s not anti-French so much as the reality of do we really need Supreme Court Justices to be highly bilingual? Military officers? All Federal employees?
There are two Canada’s in many senses. Canada and Quebec. Quebec has clearly voted for the Federalist option, but still acts like a dilettante.
For many in the ROC Quebec not only is not a good partner, but the amount of people that would like Quebec to leave Canada is seeing record support.
Driving over the Canadian flag while Ms Marois calls for a vote to remove the Canadian flag is a huge optic. Certainly those of us to whom being a proud Canadian means something are not terribly impressed; and of course most Canadians realize that it’s not the opinion of most Quebecers, but the issue is that there are no repercussions or accountability.
Bus attendants in Montreal pull stunts, paramedics refuse to speak English while attending a sick child; all are instances that should warrant people’s immediate dismissal as it surely would if someone did this to a Francophone in say…Saskatchewan.
Again, no voices of condemnation from Francophone institutions. No accountability.
Canada under Mr. Harper has shifted its economy to resources. The Tar Sands; etc and Northern Quebec sits on huge reserves.
Northern Quebec though if the province separated would be under contestation. After all it was not originally part of Quebec or lower Canada. And if can Quebec can separate from Canada then surely parts of the province may also be severed.
And that’s where strategy comes into place. Quebec has clearly rejected Mr. Harper and his style of politics as have other parts of Canada. Ultimately though Mr. Harper has isolated the province and as linguistic issues grow the pressure from within and without the Province will increase.
Interesting huh? The bigger picture always is. And there are tons of resources at stake. Billions and billions of dollars that would fall under Federal control rather than Quebec provincial control.
It’s a high stakes game of power politics that will change the world.
And imagine, all over having flags wave or stomped on. All over intolerance and injustice.
The not withstanding clause may in the end doom Quebec because there will be very little excuse for failure when Quebec becomes its own little island in a North American sea.
What do you think Canadians and Nation of Quebecers? Should Quebec play ball and sign the charter become a good Canadian province even if it hurts the protection of the French language in the province?
Is it all a done deal? Do you care about whether Quebec stays or goes and if Quebec stays should the Federal government do its job and protect English speakers in la belle Province?
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