Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I've solved the nation question

For days, nay, weeks now the contentious issue of Quebec's nationhood has racked the Liberal Party, with all sides desperately searching for a comprimise. Well, it finally occured to me what the way out of this mess is: we agree that it's very, very important we do something here, and we postpone deciding what to do until 2050.

Stephen Harper, you have shown us the way. I don't care what those other bloggers have said about ya. You, sir, are a visionary.

Michael, Bob, Stephane, Gerard, you're welcome. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to book my train tickets to Rideau Hall to pick up my Order of Canada.

Go Canucks go! Anson who?

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Steve V said...

Excellent! We can change the wording of the resolution at the convention too. We Liberals hereby devote ourselves to hold detailed conversations with all interested parties in the coming years, and will have a formal position in place by 2010 that will be comprehensive, with clear goals. We recognize that the idea of "nation" is a serious one, which is why we favor a consultation process to develop the best perspective moving forward. Liberals pledge to get back to everyone at a future date.

Altavistagoogle said...

What part of Quebeckers don't like the current Constitution don't you understand?

The status quo is great if you are an English Canadian living in Toronto. It sucks for everybody else. The Bloc Québécois, like global warming, won't dissapear by wishfull thinking.

Anonymous said...

It sucks for everybody else.

No it doesn't. The status quo is used as a scape-goat by public figures who are suffering from failures of imagination that prevent them proposing policies and actions that will improve people's lives in measurable ways. Futzing around with the Constitution won't do anything.

It's high time everyone was honest enough to admit that. But honesty isn't something you get from rigid ideologues like the purs et durs.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading about Gilles Duceppe - he was formerly a card carrying communist before becoming a separatist. The reason - he resented pledging allegiance to the Queen when he was a kid in school.

Solution: totally pull away from the British monarchy - Trudeau gave us our own Constitution and opened the door for the next step. Perhaps that would solve some of the problems - maybe?

We are independant and it's time Canada had it's own traditions, not the British. We are a multi-cultural country now - we don't need Charles do we?

A BCer in Toronto said...

Well, when you put it like that altavista, no. You see, my Canada includes Quebec, and Ontario, BC, Alberta, and a bunch of other provinces, and they have some issues with that. Do their views not count? Besides, I don't buy your premise. In the polling I've seen this isn't on the radar, in Quebec or the ROC. The economy, health care, jobs, this is what we should be focusing on.

Eugene Forsey Liberal said...

I endorse your idea, A.B.C.I.T.O.. However, following even more closely Harper the philosopher king's example, may I suggest we only commit ourselves to delivering 60% or 80% of our report by 2050? The final 20% or 40% will be the most difficult part, and the constitutional talks it will engender will be harmful to the economy, so we should be careful and only reach our objective, the conclusions, by 2100 or 2150, whichever suits. I have a feeling, nuclear and environmental holocausts aside, that the Quebec-Canada relationship will still be the subject of intense debate if the previous two centuries are any guide.

Ah, you impetuous youth, A.B.C.I.T.O., 2050?! Tsk, tsk. One can't rush these things. Remember the Chinese Communist's wisdom re. the French Revolution: "still too early too judge"? Great idea, all the same.