Monday, October 21, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Quebec Card
There are many things to worry about what Stephen Harper might do to Canada, especially now that he is desperate.
From forcing through his pipelines at gunpoint, to threatening the future of our medicare system.
But what I fear the most is that he might, for cheap political reasons, harness anti-Quebec sentiment in this country, and leave Canada shattered and broken.
And this is definitely a step in that direction.
The Harper government is intervening in a court case that seeks to invalidate Bill 99, the provincial law passed 13 years ago asserting Quebecers' right to decide the rules of secession from Canada.
The government of former Parti Québécois premier Lucien Bouchard passed Bill 99 back in 2000 in response to the federal government's Clarity Act, which set out the conditions under which Parliament would negotiate with Quebec to secede.
Because there was really no reason for the federal government to intervene, not when it has a Supreme Court reference under its belt, and the case has been languishing for years.
And the timing is highly suspicious, coming just a few weeks before the Parti Quebecois government may call an election.
Which needless to say has Pauline Marois and her PQ gang practically dancing with joy, at this gift from heaven or Harper.
Quebec's intergovernmental affairs minister is calling the federal government's foray into a court challenge of Bill 99 a direct attack on the legal rights of Quebecers.
Alexandre Cloutier said the Parti Québécois will table a motion in the coming days at the national assembly, and that Ottawa has no business challenging what he calls one of the most important laws Quebec has ever adopted.
And leaves me asking this question: If this is true.
Stephen Harper has been kept personally apprised of the progress of the Henderson/Tyler challenge to Law 99. William Johnson, the journalist, Anglo-rights activist and author of the first book-length Harper biography, has been writing to Harper to urge him to act against Law 99.
”I urged Harper to send a reference to the Supreme Court on Quebec’s Bill 99,” Bill Johnson told me in a letter in February of this year. “The (unofficial) feedback I received from someone close to Harper was that, for Harper to act on 99, there would have to be a groundswell of support in the media.
Where was that groundswell of support in the media? And why NOW?
And the only reason I can come up with is that Stephen Harper would very much like the PQ to win a majority, so Marois could begin her separatist crusade for real, and he could pose as Great Canada Leader.
Or failing that, use the issue to smear Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, as well as breathe life into the moribund Bloc Quebecois so it can siphon votes away from both of them in the next election. Or just portray the opposition as TRAITORS.
As he has done before with other federalist leaders...
Because of course he has nothing to lose in Quebec, where they hate him so much he'll be lucky to hold on to his five seats.
But the problem is that when you play cheap politics with national unity, when you awaken sleeping dogs, there's always the danger that they could jump up and bite you.
For although Quebecers couldn't be more lukewarm about sovereignty these days, if they could read the comments in the English papers today even many federalists would feel like separating TOMORROW. For they are truly disgusting.
And any Canadian Prime Minister who would harness that ugly sentiment for personal gain, or collaborate with the separatists, is unfit to remain in office.
Yup, as I've said before Stephen Harper is desperate and is capable of ANYTHING.
Don't let him distract us from the real issues, and the sordid scandals of his corrupt government.
Don't let him divide us for nothing.
Don't let him destroy our country...
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