I have gone from being mad at Quebec for not voting Conservative after PM Harper catered to them for the last 2 and 1/2 years, to seeing how they have isolated themselves from the rest of Canada. What were they thinking? Do they expect to get more goodies from the rest of Canada now?
The west has been silent about the handouts to fix the fiscal imbalance, they have been silent about Charest's using the extra money to give Quebec a tax break, all in the hope that Quebec would understand that the rest of Canada wants Quebec to play a roll in Canada. This is not to be. They have no voice, like Newfoundland. Sure, some of the 10 Quebec Conservative MP's will get to be Ministers, but 10 voices from Quebec will get quickly overruled by BC, AB, SK, ONT, MAN, and even PEI at the caucus table.
It's not just PM Harper talking about arts cuts that is the problem, they even get snooty with President Sarkozy. Apparently their arrogance knows no bounds.
QUEBEC — An upset French diplomat tried to quell a storm in the ranks of Quebec's sovereignty movement on Saturday, complaining that President Nicolas Sarkozy's endorsement of Canadian federalism has been blown out of proportion.
Alain Joyandet, the French secretary of state for the Francophonie, blasted journalists for paying more attention to Mr. Sarkozy's ad-libbed call for Canadian unity rather than the carefully crafted homage to Quebec he gave in the province's National Assembly.
Hey President Sarkozy, join the Quebec "we hate everyone" club, PM Harper knows all about it! Don't sweat it, Canada respects you even if Quebec doesn't.
Quebec is getting outright embarrassing. Not wanting the Queen at their 400 year celebrations (petty little people), supporting juvenile killers not the victims, wanting abortion up to and including partial birth killing, wanting free daycare and free university, inviting the President of France to Canada and then slapping him in the face for daring to say he loved Canada, all while sucking on the Canadian taxpayers teat, while having a provincial debt of over 100 Billion.
Read this excellent article by Jeffrey Simpson, it's bang on.
After each of the six elections since 1993, a chorus of Quebec commentators explained why the Bloc Québécois, once again, had won the largest number of seats in the province.
It's always been something: reaction against the defeat of the Meech Lake accord, the Liberal Party's sponsorship scandal and, this time, Conservative cuts to two little cultural programs and one announcement on juvenile sentencing.
"It's always been something"...and it will continue as long as Quebec thinks it has a hand to play, but it's hand is a pair of deuces, and I predict that PM Harper will call their bluff. You see, PM Harper came 10 seats away from a majority without Quebec, so they have no power left, they are free falling. They are stuck with a provincial party that can do nothing for Quebec because they have no power, kind of like the early Reform Party, but the Reform party had room to grow and expand, the Bloq has no ability to increase, no ability to affect policy, no ability to help Quebec, Duceppe is as useless to Quebec, as Dion is to Canada.
Enjoy your self imposed isolation Quebec. You have made yourselves irrelevant.