Lorne Gunter has it right. The dippers long ago sold out to the Quebec separatists. Apparently it takes 75% to amend the dipper constitution, but Jack thinks 50% plus one is enough to break up our country.
Lorne Gunter: Jack Layton, closet separatist?
Last Updated: May 27, 2011 1:52 PM ET
Shortly after the May 2 federal election, I wrote a column about how the results diminished Quebec’s already declining influence in Canada. I was besieged by angry emails from Quebecers. Putting aside these messages’ illuminating allegations about my parentage and their helpful instructions of how I might extract my head from my … well, you get the idea … the angry emails had one common theme: How could I be so anti-Quebec at the very moment that province’s voters had chosen to support a federalist party — the NDP – for the first time in 20 years?
The NDP? Federalist? Don’t make me laugh.
On most major constitutional issues, the NDP are as nationalist as the separatist Bloc Quebecois. The Dippers try hard to sound more federalist. And they probably won’t even admit to themselves how nationalist they are. Still, on matters of language policy in the province and funding for Quebec-only programs, on special treatment for Quebec and on the legal requirements for the province leaving Confederation, it would be difficult to slip a piece of paper between the NDP and Bloc.