A new beginning
"They are us."
-- Jacques Parizeau
Things are good for Quebec as a province of Canada. I
don’t understand why its people would want it to become independent.
If a majority of the Quebec population truly feel that Quebec is a nation then
they should have the boundaries of an independent nation to reflect that
Nations come into being because the diverse forces existing on a land find some
commonality of purpose and values in the forging of a union. Canadian
Confederation was such an example. The commonality of values contained in
Canada’s first constitution, the British North America Act, reflected the
national will at that time. And the nation has continued to grow and evolve from
those original values.
Today, however, many of those values are no longer shared by all Canadians from
coast to coast. Things have changed…irrevocably so. The two founding peoples
find themselves split on the values that are supposed to structure a nation.
A realignment is in order. Independence, I suggest, is a way to realign those
values so that each entity -- Quebec and what’s left of Canada -- can reflect
their unique values
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