Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Justin Trudeau and the Ghastly and Dangerous Separatist Card
As anyone who has ever read this blog must know, I have tried to be as non-partisan as possible, and stay out of the battles between the Liberals and the NDP.
In the firm belief that all progressives should focus on defeating Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime, who are threatening to destroy the country we love.
So although I believe the NDP is our best hope of defeating the Cons, I have never attacked Justin Trudeau despite the many mistakes he has made. On the contrary, I have defended him over and over again, when the Cons have attacked him.
I like Justin, I think his heart is in the right place.
But as a Canadian and a Quebecer, I can't let this go unchallenged
The NDP needs to better explain why it thinks Quebec should have an easier path to independence than the one outlined by the Supreme Court, says Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
Ottawa's Clarity Act, which followed the Supreme Court's ruling, states that a clear majority vote on a clear question on secession would be required before any negotiations.
The NDP says it would recognize a simple majority of 50 per cent plus one in any future sovereignty referendum.
Because digging up the Clarity Act, or ripping the scars off old wounds, or playing the separatist card at time like this one, and for crass political purposes, is both pathetic and dangerous.
Especially since the Clarity Act is itself unclear as to what exactly would constitute a clear majority vote. The Supreme Court decision was very carefully and deliberately ambiguous.
And as Mulcair points out, if 50 per cent plus one was good enough to determine the political future of Scotland and Britain, it will be seen by impartial observers to be good enough for Canada.
“If you want to take part in this discussion, you actually have to have a position: we have one. Our position is the exact same as the one taken by the mother of all parliaments in the recent Scottish referendum,” Mulcair said.
And it doesn't make a YES vote easier, it actually makes it harder...
““People have to understand that yes means yes ... Yes can’t mean no but perhaps we want a better deal. People have to be clear about that,” he said.
By drawing a clear line in the sand, and forcing people to more carefully consider the consequences of their vote.
And as for suggesting, like some Liberals are doing, that Mulcair is a separatist stooge, that couldn't be lower, or more unfair.
“I am the only leader in this campaign who can boast to have fought tooth and nail to keep Quebec in Canada,” Mulcair said. “I did that in both the 1980 and 1995 referendum and I take a back seat to no one when it comes to defending this extraordinary country of ours,” Mulcair said.
Because there is no more ferocious separatist fighter in Quebec than Mulcair. I have personally witnessed him dismembering one PQ cabinet minister after the other in the National Assembly.
And no federalist leader has done more to bury the independence movement than he has.
Just ask Gilles Duceppe...
Who thanks to all the seats Tom Mulcair stole from him, and the fact that so many Quebecers see the NDP as their best hope of defeating the hated Harper regime, is still going nowhere.
It appears the honeymoon between Quebecers and the Gilles Duceppe-led Bloc Quebecois was short-lived – a new Leger poll puts the Bloc in third place in voter intentions.
In Quebec, the NDP continues to lead with 37 per cent support, the Conservatives are at 23 per cent, and the Bloc is at 19 per cent. The Liberals trail with 18 per cent. The results show there’s been a six-point drop in support for the Bloc since the days just after Duceppe’s return.
The independence movement is moribund, but by bringing up the Clarity Act controversy the Liberals risk reviving it, risk splitting the progressive vote in Quebec, and playing into the hands of Stephen Harper.
Who could whip up anti-Quebec feeling to win himself a new majority...
So all I would say to Justin is this: let sleeping separatists lie, don't play cheap politics with the future of our country, I think you're better than that.
And since it's extremely likely that you and Tom Mulcair will soon be working together in a minority government or a coalition, don't undermine the effort to topple the Harper regime.
Don't shoot yourself and the rest of us in the foot.
And don't go down the road to nowhere.
Or the road to ruin...
Now is not the time for progressives to attack each other.
Now is the time for us to prepare to join forces.
And defeat the Harper Cons...
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