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Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling on Quebec sovereigntists to stop trying to stir up a political war over the re-enactment of the historic Battle of the Plains of Abraham this summer in Quebec City.
"It is only for the Bloc that it is a current battle that continues because the Bloc is a party that wants to divide the people of Canada. Our government and the vast majority of Canadians and Quebecers want to continue to live in a united country."
But the headline on this story is wrong. He is not trying to quell the controversy, he's trying to pour gasoline on it. By blaming the sovereigntists when in fact many federalist Quebecers don't like the idea of a re-enactment either.
So why would he do such an irresponsible thing? So he can whip up anti-Quebec feeling in English Canada, like he did during the Coalition times, and hope it will give him the majority he craves so much. Because he's that evil. Because he's THAT crazy.
Just like the whole idea of this re-enactment is crazy. Why would we want to re-open old wounds? Fan the dying embers of humiliation and bitterness. Why would we want to celebrate a battle where more than 800 soldiers were killed or wounded? Why would we want to pit Canadians against Canadians?
When we could turn the event into a celebration of friendship, and party together on the Plains like Sébastien and I used to do...
When we were dating we would meet almost every weekend in Quebec City. And on sleepy summer afternoons we would picnic on the Plains, or just lie side by side soaking up the rays and the cool breeze from the mighty St Lawrence river moving by below.
And I used to love lying on the battlefield itself, where if I turned my head one way I could see where Wolfe died, and if I turned the other way I could see where Montcalm was mortally wounded.
And then if I looked at Sébastien I could see the face of the Great French Nation very much alive, beautiful and proud. And if he looked at me he'd see a Scottish-born descendant of one of the Highland Frasers who fought the French that day. With stars in his eyes.
Only in Canada eh?
Which is why I say scrap this stupid re-enactment. Defeat the monster Harper who would divide and destroy our beautiful country. And if there's a big friendship party on the Plains this summer.
We'll be there...