posted on Sep, 2 2012 @ 03:47 PM
reply to post by ExNihilo
First off I'll admit...I'm from Ontario...apologies beforehand if my location upsets you. I was around for the 1995 referendum and remember all
us at work listening to the radio as the votes came in, it was pretty close in the end and it had everyone worried. The sentiment at the time was that
if Quebece does seperate then both Canada and Quebec would suffer, not really a wise investment or place to keep your business if things are looking
shakey right ? I may be inncorrect on this but even after losing the referendum a lot of companies packed their bags and moved to T-Dot(Toronto) from
There was a lot of sabre rattling back in 1995 as well from the Federal Government... threats, sanctions, taking back military equipment, getting
the U.S not to include Quebec in NAFTA, backing up the the Aboriginals in their own seperation from Quebec etc etc. I've seen a couple other posts
concerning this and I concur that with Harper and the Conservatives in right now the reaction would be much worse than Chretian and the Liberals in
95. As rediculous as it sounds one of the notions back in 95 was "Hey....those F-18 Hornets are Canadian and we'll be getting them back if you
seperate thankyou"......Yes, for the Non-Canadians here even our threats are polite.
Personally I believe that if a province or state for that matter wants to seperate from their country, then a more than just 50 % plus one vote
should be required. Even at a 55% "Yes" note you've got 45% of the population disgruntled(err....ok...maybe not as everyone doesn't vote of course
but hopefully the point is made). Hence the "Clarity Act" of 2000 which states;
"any future referendum would have to be on a "clear question" and that it would have to represent a "clear majority" for the federal
Parliament to recognize its validity
I can understand from a Quebecois point of view this is a way of the Federal Government playing dirty. All I'm saying is that the Federal
Government will use this in the event of a only 50% plus one vote.
Anyways...babbling on a bit, to answer the question about if Canada would survive given Quebecs seperation.....My answer to that would be "Not
Likely"....but there are too many variables to consider, some of which were listed above, and others in their posts......Everything from Civil War to
putting massive tariffs on Quebecs Cheese......In any event what would happen would be quite nasty regardless if it was just tariffs or military
conflict....it would result in intervention from either the U.N, the U.S or the World Trade Organization, at which point both of use lose either
economically or our sovereignty.