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Monday, September 25, 2006

The Status Quo is the Way to Go

"It is an illusion to believe that constitutional reform, and the recognition of Quebec as a nation, could ensure a federalist victory if there were another referendum on sovereignty. "

"Only someone who doesn't know much about Canada's contemporary political history could entertain the idea of walking into such a swamp."

These two lines, open and close respectively an insightful article from Lysiane Gagnon [Link Reopening a constitutional can of worm] which unfortunately is behind the subscriber wall.

I can only hope that the nation can avoid another divisive constitutional round.


  • We have some serious problems to fix in this country, and I assure you:
    The status quo will make Quebec go

    By Blogger Matt Campbell, at 10:51 PM  

  • Well said Matt.

    What's funny is how people merge the two issues of recognizing Quebec as a nation and starting to think about constitutional amendment.

    The frontrunners in the campaign, Bob Rae, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff (I just don't know about Kennedy) all believe strongly that Quebec is distinct and a nation within a country. There is no disagreement about that among them.

    Dion and Ignatieff disagree about what to do about that. Fair enough. Dion doesn't want to do anything because it is too difficult. Ignatieff thinks that's what leadership is about. But don't paint this as Iggy's naivete, that's quite disengenuous of you and Gagnon when the vast majority of Quebecers think the same thing. On this, Dion is not in synch with his own province.

    And of course Rae believed the same thing as Iggy did on the constitution before he saw the political opportunity to take a different point of view and side up with Dion in opposing constitutional reform.

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 7:13 AM  

  • Matt, attempts to change the status quo led to the near break-up of the country in 1995.

    The status quo has remained in place since then, without major problems.

    Questions remain about the nation clause if you will?

    Is it just symbolic?
    If it just is symbolic, why have it?
    Does it have legal ramifications?

    Is Alberta a nation?
    If no why not?

    Now, if Quebec is a nation based on linguistic lines, then why must it be defined politically and geographically?

    Is West Mount a nation within a nation?

    The nation clause causes more problems than it solves in my opinion.

    By Blogger Liberal Pebbles, at 8:16 AM  

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