Chantal Hebert continues to write about the fading separatist fire in Quebec. That the separatists are fading makes me enormously happy. The next step is to bring Quebec back to it's center right roots!
The spark that lit the 1995 Quebec-Canada flare-up was accidentally struck in the late ’80s, over the course of Brian Mulroney’s failed constitutional fireworks.
The five stormy years between the original negotiation of the Meech Lake Accord in 1987 and the demise of the subsequent Charlottetown agreement in 1992 rekindled dormant nationalist passions in Quebec and raised them to a fever pitch.
On the morning after the 1995 referendum, the sovereignty movement woke up on the losing end of a close vote on the province’s political future but very much in control of the Quebec trenches in the National Assembly and in the House of Commons.
For the better part of the past 16 years, the sovereignist leadership has searched high and low for new combustible material to fuel its cause — and run out of gas in the process.
The post-referendum tinderbox has turned out to be a pile of damp hay.
Since the referendum, a host of Quebec-Ottawa confrontations — involving emblematic issues ranging from the so-called federal-provincial fiscal imbalance to the gun registry and climate change — have come and gone without causing more than passing spikes in Quebec’s public opinion.