2010/10/16

Duceppe's USA visit

The Globe and Mail published a story yesterday about Duceppe's recent visit to the USA, "Quebec independence 'by no means settled,' Duceppe tells Americans." In the article, the politician is quoted: "I am here to tell you that the question of Quebec's political future is by no means settled." Note the difference between our national newspaper's headline and Duceppe's words.

To my Canadian friends... I know most of you are fed up with these neverendums. But you have to realize that, although not all Québécois are for sovereignty, the majority is fed up with the Canadian Constituquo. There's more to Québec's political future than independence or maintaining the current federal relationship. I sometimes get the feeling you're simply wishing this thing away. It's not going anywhere.

Now... if Québec's sovereignty can be achieved by the Québécois on their own, constitutional reforms require all Canadians. As naïve as this may sound, Québec's political future could be settled within Canada. Wouldn't you say that Canada is in deep need for an inspiring federalist politician who could sell our country with the same passion sovereigntist leaders sell Québec? Click here for Duceppe's complete speech.

I know... I'm not proposing much. I simply hope that some of you realize they're holding the key.

2 comments:

James said...
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Ian said...

I think alot of this comes down to the fact that nobody in Canada, Québec or ROC, sees any strong vision or leadership from federal leaders to get excited about. Canadian politics is completely devoid of nation-building or charisma. How can Québecois buy into Canada without it? How can the ROC feel confident in making concessions to Québec if they don't feel the country as a whole is going anywhere. It has not been Canadian-style politics to have leaders like Obama, Clinton, Blair or even Reagan, for that matter. The best we could muster, in terms of national vision and leadership, against those names in recent times was Mulroney and Trudeau. The same is true in Québec provincial politics. Who since Bouchard has had anything to say worth listening to?