I see Pierre-Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Quebecois in the Quebec election has sent shockwaves rolling across the country.
With some in the media predicting trouble for Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime.
Pierre Karl Péladeau’s emergence as a superstar Parti Québécois candidate represents a seismic shock for not only Quebec politics. The millionaire media mogul’s decision to actively promote sovereignty threatens to rock Stephen Harper’s government and possibly the entire country.
But nobody seems to be pointing out that the greatest threat to national unity is Stephen Harper himself.
For not only is he ill-equipped to fight for Canada in a referendum crisis.
“Pierre Karl could be the Lucien Bouchard of the next Quebec referendum,” explained a leading Quebec federalist who worries that Mr. Péladeau’s high profile as a celebrity, and credibility as a successful businessman, would be more than a match for the deeply unpopular Mr. Harper on the campaign trail.
Nobody has done more than he has to divide Canadians, and undermine the unity of this country.
He has alienated Quebec with his right-wing policies, he has demeaned and denigrated the Atlantic provinces, he has helped destroy the economic strength of Ontario, he is trying to force a pipeline upon BC, even though most of its people don't want it.
And his Big Oil economic policies have only favoured his precious Alberta.
When it comes to job creation in Canada, there's Alberta and then there's everybody else. The latest employment data for February showed the oil-rich western province created an impressive 18,800 jobs, largely in construction, mining and oil and gas, while in the rest of the country overall employment fell.
While crippling the economies of most of the other provinces.
As the Statistics Canada report issued Friday showed, Alberta is responsible for almost all the new net jobs generated in the past year — 82,300 of the 94,700 countrywide, or 87 per cent — as the province saw employment rise an impressive 3.8 per cent.
By comparison, provinces not called Alberta only gained about 12,000 which, for the purposes of the agency's survey, constitutes a rounding error.
Destroying the lives of hundreds of hundreds of thousands of Canadian workers, just like he was doing today in South Korea.
Our new FTA w/ the Republic of Korea will boost trade & investment between our two nations. #cdnpoli #Seoul pic.twitter.com/BGSrvZgEdX
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 11, 2014
Signing another lousy trade deal that could kill even more jobs in Canada.
But then why should anyone be surprised eh? When Harper has always been an Alberta separatist. And was one of the authors of this firewall letter (PDF)
A declaration of war on Canada if ever there was one.
And since he has come to power he has done nothing to strengthen any national programs, or the role of the federal government in keeping this country together.
Because as he has also made it clear in the past he doesn't give a damn:
Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion… And whether Canada ends up with one national government or two governments or ten governments, the Canadian people will require less government no matter what the constitutional status or arrangement of any future country may be.
All he wants to do is kill government, even if that means dismantling medicare.
Or refusing to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan, and driving some provinces to create their own supplementary plans.
Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to enhance the Canada Pension Plan after Prince Edward Island and Manitoba joined Ontario’s efforts to boost retirement income.
For let's be clear, what we are witnessing here is the fragmentation of our country, and the slow destruction of the national ideal.
And what I fear the most is that since he has no seats to gain in Quebec, where he is hated with a passion, he could campaign against the province in the next federal election.
By harnessing the yellow streak of anti-Quebec bigotry in the rest of the country, just like he did during the coalition crisis.
Even if that played into the hands of the separatists in any referendum campaign, and gave them the extra boost they needed to win.
Because once again he doesn't give a damn about national unity, and he knows that if Quebec left, the rest of the country would be Con FOREVER.
Even though as things stand now, most Quebecers know that they can be proud Canadians, as well as proud members of the Québécois nation.
More than 60 per cent of Quebecers would vote “No” in a referendum on Quebec’s sovereignty if it was held immediately, a new CROP poll commissioned by Radio-Canada shows.
So will they be forced to make a choice most don't want to make? I have no idea.
But what I do know is that I love this big country with all my heart.
And that Stephen Harper is now singularly unfit to lead it.
His resignation must be demanded, or he will continue to divide and undermine it as the separatist-in-chief. This country he hates so much.
Until the day he finally destroys it...
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