Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Liberals and the Quebec Question
It's a debate you'd expect to hear at a party like this one. But it's one being hoisted upon us by the Liberal Party, which only makes it more absurd.
With Jeff Jedras as the Mad Hatter spouting this nonsense.
Now, you could try to argue the NDP is just saying Quebec picks the question but that doesn’t mean the feds can’t reject it. I don’t read it that way, but to make that argument you’d have to overlook the face they don’t say the question is open to judgment so, at best, in that scenario you’re arguing they’re deliberately misleading Quebecers by leaving that part out. But I don’t buy it; they’ll clearly accept Quebec’s question, no reservations. And accepting a confusing or misleading question that could lead to the break-up of Canada is unacceptable.
Which puts the question before the crisis, like a cart before the horse.
Lawrence Martin as the March Hare, asking whether the NDP is more Bloc than the Bloc.
When the Commons reconvenes, who knows what other sleeping dogs the Dipper 59 will awaken? In order to maintain their support in Quebec, what choice do they have but to take up the Bloc’s priorities?
Even though Quebecers just voted overwhelmingly to show their faith in federalism by giving the Bloc the boot.
And Impolitical as the Dormouse, dredging up Claude Morin.
The 82-year-old separatist and RCMP spy, who nobody has taken seriously for almost three decades.
It's crazy kooky stuff, and it would be laughable. Just another example of the once mighty Liberal Party failing to come to terms with its new and reduced status...
But tragically it's no laughing matter, because in their bitterness the Liberals seem determined to take the country to the brink of destruction. Again.
In the 1990's they revived the separatist movement, by torpedoing the Meech Lake Accord, and denying Quebec the right to call itself a distinct society. When it so obviously is. Then they bungled the referendum campaign and almost lost the country.
Then they rubbed salt in the wounds of the province with their heavy handed and vindictive Clarity Act which managed to annoy both separatists and federalists. By treating Quebecers like children, in a province where separatists and federalists often share the same dinner table.
And then when that backfired, they tried to bribe them with the tacky sponsorship program, and we all know how that one worked out.
Now they are trying to deny Jack Layton's historic achievement, and whip up anti-Quebec feeling in a country where there is far too much of that blind hatred. And for what?
When the only people who will benefit from that are the Cons and the separatists. And our country could be the big loser.
Oh boy. I don't want to get into a slagging match with the Liberals, as others are doing. As everybody knows my only interest is uniting the progressive movement. And I'm willing to give the Liberals a little more time to heal.
But if they don't see the errors of their ways, and keep on attacking the NDP instead of the Cons, I will have no choice.
Because the danger is great.
My beautiful Canada includes my beautiful Québec.
And I will not see it so easily DESTROYED...
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