Stephane Dion gave a speech yesterday to a meeting of the LPC's Quebec wing. It's not on the Web yet so I haven’t read it, but to hear the media tell it (and it's being picked-up widely), it seems the highlight was a staunch defence of the Clarity Act:
Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion says if Quebec secedes from Canada it will be due to a clear vote, not a cloud of confusion stirred by sovereigntists.As I said, not having read the actual speech it’s impossible for me to say if this was its focus, or just a few lines that the media decided to focus on. So I don’t know if this is a strategy here or not. If it is while it’s interesting, I’m not disliking it.
“Because I love Quebec, I want my country and my province, Quebec, to be served by clarity instead of confusion,” he told party members and supporters Saturday in Drummondville, Que., 100 kilometers northeast of Montreal.
Certainly I’m a big fan of the Clarity Act, and for staunch defence of it. Seemed kind of lonely a few years ago when Jean Lapierre was crapping on it. And I'm a fan of Dion’s role in it. If many people knew of him before the leadership for anything, that was it. It was the kind of leadership that Stephane showed in staring down the separatists that attracted many Liberals to him in the first place. If he could recapture that fire and the passion that he showed during that time we’d be in great shape.
I know there’s not exactly a separatist threat on the horizon, which will lead some to question why such talk, and there is a line to be tread. But the fact is there is an ongoing debate about federalism, and Quebec’s role in Canada, that the LPC needs to re-engage in.
Certainly Dion’s comments won’t be popular in certain Quebec circles. Doesn’t mean they won’t resonate in others though. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers