Quebeckers opened Pandora’s Box Tuesday to have a peek inside, and in doing so, allowed an ugly scenario to escape which will cost them … and Canada … dearly.
The Parti Quebecois said during the campaign that a separate Quebec would not be on their agenda in the term of office they were now seeking: but if you believe that, you don’t understand the PQ.
A separate Quebec country is THE PRIME GOAL goal of the PQ. Period!
And in power, they will now move calmly and deliberately towards winning the next Referendum … and you’re dreaming in technicolour if you think there will NOT be one.
In fact, as someone born in Quebec, raised there for 24 years, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal and who still has family and friends there who I talk to and visit quite regularly, I know how it will all unfold.
Let me tell you …. because the politically-correct Anglophone media and the sovereignty-friendly Francophone media will not … until they analyse it all AFTER it happens.
Step One: Premier Pauline Marois and her Ministers, as she vowed, will make all kinds of demands of the federal government.
I can tell you now that whatever concessions or powers Ottawa cedes, they will NOT be enough. In fact, ANY demands not agreed to will be INSULTS to Quebec, painted as just more examples of how Quebeckers are downtrodden and ruled over by English Canada.
There will be a WHOLE plethora of federalism-stripping pushes for new provincial powers and responsibilities …. with the PQ’s outrage over each failure to extract a victory carried home by a compliant and supportive Quebec nationalist media.
The real aim, of course, will be to convince the 23 per cent of Quebeckers who do not NOW favour another referendum to join the 28 per cent who do.
And with a sustained propaganda campaign of anger and indignity over “Ottawa insults to Quebec” don’t think that will very difficult to achieve.
But that will not be enough.
Step Two: the war against “les autres” … the outsiders.
Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau made the separatist view quite clear after the whisker-close referendum result last time: he pontificated the vote would have passed if it had been up to “pure lain” (pure wool) Quebeckers … the white, French Canadien Catholic population.
In other words, the fault for failure lay with the “others” … the Anglophones (English) and the Allophones (other ethnic groups) with their clear federalist and Canada sympathies.
Pauline Marois’ solution: get rid of them … ethnic cleansing Quebec style, not by violence, but by legislation rubbing not just their noses but their faces in the dirt, making them feel unwelcome enough so they will leave.
This was done before…. by earlier PQ governments … by adopting oppressive anti-English language laws that BANNED any English on store, street and traffic signs; by “francaphoning” government contract awards; by denying Anglophones the right to work in English (in supposedly officially-bilingual Canada); and by making them feel second class (sometimes even third) whenever they had dealings with the government.
Almost SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND left this “new” Quebec (Francophones as well as Anglophones, along with many corporate head offices … a HUGE economic boost to Toronto and Ontario that almost brought the Quebec economy to its knees. So subsequent elections returned the Liberals and eased the rules, but only somewhat.
But the PQ … and apparently Marois … never forgot Parizeau’s message.
So over the next two years, the ethnic cleansing heat will be turned up again … designed to convince more of those stubborn Anglophones and Allophones who stayed behind, and their now-grown and voting adult-age children, to LEAVE!
Step THREE: first will come the Secular Charter talked about on this blog before … cleansing from the Quebec public service and certainly not hiring any observant religious staff who sport turbans, skullcaps, headscarfs etc. BUT crucifixes will be okay!
Step FOUR: language laws … the English speakers will be beaten down again, exactly how they haven’t yet said, but it will be designed NOT to protect the French language (anyone visiting Quebec these days knows Francais is NOT under threat in any way!) but to make it so uncomfortable for those who are not “pure lain” that they will finally leave … and take or send their adult children and any grandchildren with them.
Of course, Quebec will pay a heavy economic and investment cost again … but nationalists and separatists are ruled by the heart, so they will be willing to suffer to bring about their dream of an independent country.
And ethnic cleansing … over the next two or three years … will set up conditions for them to have a much better chance of succeeding.
Remember, in the 1995 referendum, federalism trumped those voting for a separate Quebec by only 54,288 votes!
With a manufactured emotional issue and two or three years of ethnic cleansing to wear down federalists and get them to leave, the PQ will be ready to reach for their dream again.
STEP FIVE: When they have accomplished the above: another referendum.
When enough Anglophones and Allophones and even many fed up Francophones have moved out…..
And will no longer be around to vote.