An interesting analysis of Quebec's misplay in the Federal election. The knife at the throat no longer works.
A rare misplay by Quebec
BY BRIAN LEE CROWLEY, OTTAWA CITIZEN MAY 21, 2011
Q uebecers' political weakness within Canada has been their perennial minority status as French-speaking Catholics. Their great offsetting strength has been their ability to act collectively so as to magnify their political weight. Their strategic sense has been uncanny, almost preternatural.
But in the recent federal election, for arguably only the second time since 1867, they have weakened rather than strengthened Quebec within Confederation. Just how weak their position is we will only discover if the Parti Québécois is returned to power in the provincial election in 2012 or 2013.
Quebec's ability to play a weak hand with panache and aplomb was evident at the founding. Sir John A. Macdonald wanted Canada to be a single country with a single Parliament, but Quebecers demanded federalism, with powerful provinces. That guaranteed that while French-Canadians would be a minority within the new nation, they would enjoy majority status with respect to key powers in areas such as education.
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