Monday night’s vanilla debate was expectably disappointing, full of hot air and stuffy with rhetoric. But one issue debated stands out in its redundancy and that is the continued discussion of whether
That issue is nothing more than a political ping-pong ball, being essentially weightless and without significant mass. It can be violently battered about and can impact any of the players without ever doing any significant damage.
I have lived in
I am absolutely sympathetic to why the Quebecois are so disenfranchised, the reasons for which became patently obvious in very short order while I was there.
The reality is that a referendum on separation will not succeed in
One is a question of simple demographics. The majority of people of voting age in
Secondly, there is a large First Nations population in
Finally, there is a large immigrant population in
Without anything to export other than a distinct culture and language and really excellent food, which amount to the groundwork for an excellent tourist trade,
Even the vocal separatist minority in
That assimilation, however undesirable, would be inevitable baring a lot of crow-eating in the vein of “Please let us come home.”
What is more worthy of debate is why a provincial party that does not want to lead the country and fields no candidates outside its provincial boundaries, despite French communities across the country, is even participating in a national election.
The questions that should be asked are “Mr. Duceppe, why is your party even participating in a national election?” and “Why are we still talking about this?”
Monday’s debate left Canadians with nothing more on their hands than the stink of a rotting red herring.