Tuesday, June 9, 2009

In Your Face Separatists!

I'm sitting on my laptop tonight and I came across a story in the Montreal Gazette about a poll that was conducted over the weekend in Quebec and the title just made me smile: "Hopes for Sovereignty Dim: Poll".

Here are some of the highlights:
- 32 per cent said Quebec has enough autonomy and should remain in Canada.
- 30 per cent said Quebec needs more autonomy, but should remain in Canada.
- 28 per cent said Quebec should become a separate and independent country.
- Should Quebec Separate from Canada? : 54 per cent said no while 34 per cent said yes.

While these results are hardly a resounding victory for me and others who wish to remain in Canada, at least it gives us some things to build on and might just (hopefully) some of that racist hateful intolerant wind from Pauline Marois' sails.

On the other hand when the same poll asked the respondents "which province understands best Quebec culture and Society?" they answered this:
-42% New-Brunswick
-9% Ontario
-4% BC
-3% Alberta
-2% PEI
-1% (Newfoundland-Lab, Manitoba, Nova-Scotia)
-0% Saskatchewan

Why is it that Quebeckers feel that New-Brunswick best understands us? I mean really... I used to live there and while it's a beautiful place in its own right it is nowhere near the cosmopolitan multi-ethnic metropolis of Montreal, how could they possibly understand us when the entire province only has 750,000 inhabitants? Is it because of the Acadians? Because Acadians don't give a crap about separation. I don't know what it is but I'd really like to find out... If anyone knows, please let me know.

In conclusion I can go to bed tonight a little safer in knowing that I still have a country and that I might not have to move away just yet. Although with Canada day and St-Jean Baptiste around the corner, emotions here tend to run high from the separatist side; so I'm expecting, as usual, my neighbors to ignore me and call the police to be my house at 3pm to tell me to stop my annual Canada barbecue, again.

Muchacho Enfermo

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Patrick said...

Is it just me, or does this poll suggest that at least 6% of Quebeckers are confused about what, precisely, would happen if Quebec were to separate from Canada?

Muchacho Enfermo said...

Well sir I believe that you are entirely right.
In reality though, everyone here is confused about what will happen to Quebec if it were to separate. The PQ is so misleading, the keep telling us about having an economic partnership with Canada while being our own country, things like that. Then they turn around an spit on Ottawa...
So even I, who's followed this closely my whole life, have no clue what the hell that means.

Patrick Ross said...

I sincerely doubt I'm entirely right.

For example, I think Pauline Marois, Gilles Duceppe and Jacques Parizeau know what Quebec's separation from Canada would mean -- at least for them.

I'm reminded of many separatists with little ambition to do anything other than ride around Paris in limousines with Quebec flags on the hood.