*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Whither Québec?

Québec's separatist party, 'Le Parti Québécois', has finally got to what I have been saying in my posts linked in this clause: make separation about keeping Québec a state livable for the 99%.  If only it weren't 'too little too late'.  The PQ is finished, and any hope of getting Anglophone and Allophone, or even tolerant Francophone, votes is finished.  No ethnic massacres happened in modern Québéc, and that is a grand success; however, there was once enough nationalism for many of Montréal's Jews to remove themselves to Toronto - for which you cannot blame anyone after an experience of 1940s Europe...  It would also have been a fine thing if bigoted opinions were not easily heard from the areas where the PQ is strongest.

Besides, for the PQ to transition to post-nationalist, but keep the social-democratic flavour, would be disingenuous or impossible.  It was founded more to sustain a Québécois identity than a Francophone one, and that transition looked disingenuous enough: to gain some immigrant votes.  It also didn't work.

For Québec to retain its Francophone identity no longer looks difficult; for it to retain a semi-socialist one in a Neo-Con N.America does.  My fantasy?  A popular and separatist Québec NDP.


  1. If you can seperate yourself from the topic....politics like religion is facinating...till you realize how fucked up they are and how much that affects our day to day lives.

    It's more depressing..the more you know.

  2. Chris, yes. However, at least in the Canadian context the stakes are small. Well... smaller. Canada: keeping free health care, and whether we commit to reducing carbon pollution... America: total domination of the planet at the cost of opportunity and liberty for the 99% at home and abroad...