The secret to Quebec separation from Canada, it seems to me is simple. I had this thought again as I read this article about how Quebec would be better able to weather the recession if it was a separate country.
I have thought since the last referendum that the separatists in Quebec are doing things completely wrong. Instead of trying to convince Quebeckers they are better off out of the Canadian nation they should try and convince the rest of Canada that it would be better off without Quebec.
I almost guarantee that if if 70%-80% of the ROC said good riddance to Quebec – it would only be a matter of time before separation. You would start to see national politicians reflecting the attitude of their constituents. You would see Quebec politicians exploiting this 70%-80% factor to the max and eventually the deal would get done.
Don’t get me wrong. I want to see Quebec stay in Canada but I have watched this Sword of Damocles hanging over Confederation for my entire adult life – separatist sentiment ebbs and flows but remains intact.
I’m at the stage where I think there should be an up or down once and for all vote on this thing. We either figure out a way to get Quebec inside the Constitution or we let it go its merry way. Those Quebeckers who want to stay in Canada should be accommodated in whatever way possible and those that want to go, go.