posted on Oct, 20 2007 @ 04:33 AM
There have been some very good points brought up in this post so far.
I would like to weigh in on the subject as well.
When this subject comes to light during a discussion I always take the time make the point that not every citizen of Quebec wishes to separate. The
general conception, or misconception depending on your point of view, is that when a referendum takes place the percentage of votes represents the
entire province. Some would say yes, that’s correct. I disagree though. Out of the people that I’ve had this debate with, including ultra staunch
separatist, I ask them what about the First Nations which are in Quebec? They give me a very blank look as they have not thought about this metric in
I don’t believe that the average Canadian knows just how much money is funded to the First Nations and that funding is Federal, not provincial. The
amount required to sustain the current agreements with First Nations would bankrupt Quebec with in the first 2 years of its seceding. Let’s not
forget to mention the possibility of those First Nations actually mobilizing in a militia type force and start a war with in Quebec. I think something
to do with a golf course and burial grounds rings a bell......
Quebec as a whole is funded by crown projects, crown corporations, crown sponsored corporations, federal tax money, NEP transfer payments, the list
goes and I’m sure you get the point. Over all Quebec does not have a sustainable economic platform which would allow its self secede from Canada.
If there was a reality where Quebec did separate the Atlantic provinces would suffer greatly. That political outrage would then put pressure on the
current government to invoke the War Measures Act and provide a militaristic response. FLQ crisis comes into play here. Some would argue that would
lead to a civil war. Some would say that the U.S. would step in and annex provinces or those provinces left in the wake of the Quebec separation would
request to become an American state. These are possibilities but I do not believe that this would happen.
Quebec beats the separation war drum and more money gets funneld into it. That’s all it is and that’s all it ever will be.
The argument that the preservation of the Francophone culture is the true matter at hand and that is why Quebec has a wish to separate. If this were
the case I believe that during the time colinization between France and England this would have been sorted out in a much more violent and far
reaching military fashion. In a way it was and we do have our history with upper and lower Canada as well. However, the preservation of one facet of
Canadian society does not, in my opinion, outweigh the need to preserve our country as a whole.
From our pot smoking friends in British Columbia to our goofy Newfies out east we are a country because of every facet with in Canadian society.
Quebec is no more valuable than P.E.I. or Saskatchewan, they are each valuable and contain history which makes Canada as whole.
Thank you all for your time,