Date: 13 Mar 14
By: Frank Gue, 905 634 9538
For: Letters, The Spec
Re: “Next unity crisis”, Mar 13 Spec editorial
As you say, “Many [Canadians] are simply sick and tired of Quebec’s perennial identity crisis.”
At a recent poltical meeting in Calgary, a speaker was the leader of the allegorical Separatist Party of Alberta (it would be Alberta, wouldn’t it?).
He jokingly assured us that he wasn’t out to break up Canada. Turning serious, he said that the Rest of Canada (RoC) will continue indefinitely swinging in the wind on Quebec’s hook until the RoC develops an “or else”. Quebec’s “or else” hook is their foreverendum threat: “Do this, that, and the other or we’ll leave”.
The speaker suggested an “or else” to the effect that the RoC should threaten a referendum. The question could well sound like: “Do you want to keep Quebec in Confederation at today’s tax cost to you personally of X thousand dollars per year? Yes or no?”
Such a move might well silence Premier Marois and her advisors for at least a while.