It is rarely discussed because it appears on the surface to be a far fetched idea. Let’s face it, separatists are always saying “if you don’t like it, then you can go to Ontario”. How about I answer that by saying this: “No, I am staying right here, and I will band together with other Quebec Federalists (Francophones, Anglophones and Allophones) and form my own province”. This should be the stance taken by the federalist community in Quebec rather than fleeing to Ontario.
One tidbit of news that set off some alarm bells recently was the statement that Jean Francois Lisée made:
“It’s as though, on many levels, Quebec is already independent in its mind, in its way of making decisions and it doesn’t see why it should ask permission from our neighbors for some important decisions we have to make”
and this gem:
“The only Canadian interventions are impediments to Quebec making sound decisions and so I think the distance between Quebec and Canada is growing”
I think that many Quebec Federalists are naive. We seem to think, with respect to Quebec sovereignty “It’ll never happen”. Furthermore, polls say that 40% of Quebecers want to separate. Am I the only one that thinks that’s a big number? What would it take for that number to reach 51% ? Would it take an anti-Quebec statement made by a prime minster to convert a couple of hundred thousand soft-federalists into full-blown separatists?
My point is, even after 18 years of no referendums, there is still, let’s admit, a strong separatists movement in Quebec. Are we all praying that in another 18 years that the movement will diminish to the point where it effectively dead? I am not sure that taking that chance is worth is, especially with continued economic repercussions.
As Federalist Quebecers, we have built up our communities for hundreds of years. We have morals, principles and beliefs on how we want to shape our society that are distinctly different from those of separatists. We spend way too much time trying to accommodate the various points of view in this province. To be perfectly honest, I will never see eye to eye with separatists, and Quebec will never be my country. Why not just let bygones be bygones.
Maybe Quebec really should separate, but not all of it.
If Quebec was partitioned, think of the advantages. The province that consisted largely of separatists could shape their own future. Within a couple of years (or less) of partition, they would almost certainly separate. They would have the freedom that they have always wanted, and the power to shape their own future the way they see fit. This could help avert major economic problems since federalist communities that would otherwise have up and left would stay because they could continue to exist in the other province as a result of the partition. Partition may take place more or less along the lines of the 1995 referendum victory (red = no, blue = yes):
The logic of partition is quite simple. If Quebec is allowed to remove itself from Canada as a minority, then communities that are federalist minorities should be allowed to separate from Quebec. For the most part, this would be a fair solution. Further to this, some deals could be brokered that would ensure the economic prosperity of both provinces:
1. The two provinces could seek joint ownership of resources and installations from which they benefit from collectively.
2. The Federalist province could ask for a contiguous border with the maritime provinces.
3. Montreal could be divided up in a way that doesn’t necessarily precisely correspond to the referendum of 95′ division, but respects the separate economic contributions from the peoples of each province.
There have been many separatists that argue that the case to partition Quebec is used as a scare tactic to keep Quebec in Canada. However, it would actually be a much faster track to sovereignty. Furthermore, if a separatists argues against Quebec partitionism, he or she is effectively arguing against Quebec sovereignty. Separatists have been scaring federalists out of Quebec since the 60’s by the way.
If you are a federalist Quebecer, you have every right to be living in this province and fighting for what you believe in. You and your ancestors helped build this province, so it is as much yours as it is anyone else. As there is solidarity between pur-laine separatists, so there is solidarity between federalists. Stand up for what you believe in and stand your ground.
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