An interesting article by Bill Johnson.I have been quite disappointed by jean charest anti Canada volleys of late. Gerard Deltell of the ADQ is far less hostile to Canada, than charest of late. The Quebec liberal party is the problem in Quebec, as much as the separatists. That's why I support the ADQ. We mst get out of this federalist separatists nonsense so that Quebec can address its huge financial problems.
The separatist movement turned out jubilantly on Sunday in Montreal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that day – Aug. 13, 1990 – when Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe was first elected to Parliament.
There was reason for the festive mood. In all six federal elections since 1993, the Bloc swept a majority of Quebec’s 75 seats – as it would again were an election held tomorrow.
Then, an opinion poll in Saturday’s La Presse had the Bloc’s Siamese sister, the Parti Québécois, leading the Liberals 39 per cent to 31 per cent. Among French speakers, the gap was 45 per cent to 24 per cent, portending a majority PQ government. And 66 per cent wanted Premier Jean Charest to step down.
The Bloc can be proud. But credit for impressive separatist performances should also go to the Bloc’s silent partner, the Quebec Liberal Party. The Liberals, under Robert Bourassa, Claude Ryan, Daniel Johnson Jr. and now Mr. Charest, created the conditions for the separatist parties to surge.
Anyone who doubts this symbiotic relationship need only consult the QLP’s website. There, the Liberals explain the eight values that define their party: individual freedoms, identification with Quebec, economic development, social justice, respect for civil society, democracy a hallmark of political action, intergenerational equity, and ties to Canada.
So one might expect a celebration of federalism as a fundamental value that distinguishes the QLP from the separatists, not to mention an appreciation of Quebec’s participation in Canada, the country recognized as among the most socially developed on Earth. But there’s not a single word of praise for Canada or federalism in the 2,260-word essay. Nowhere is Canada recognized as the country of Quebeckers.