Jacques Parizeau Votes Ethniques by mediawatchqc Jacques Parizeau Votes Ethniques by mediawatchqc (from 3:30)
I support the right of a significant majority vote to gain independence*: Québec, Scotland or other.
The only way to respect not only a (far greater than '50%+1') majority, but also all minorities, is both to allow borders to change, and to strongly protect minority rights. Goodbye sign-laws, enforced French schooling, a chunk of greater Montréal, parts of the North Shore and Gaspé... This doesn't even begin to address the treaties Natives and the US have signed with Canada (not Québec), much less monetary policy.
I am unsure if it is more the cynic in me, or the student of human psychology, which suspects the cooler heads in the PQ are happy to use sovereignty, but wary of achieving it. Once again the "puis des votes ethniques" mongering:
[Separatist Party Leader] Pauline Marois concerned about ["les votes ethniques"] 2014 Quebec provincial elections
That's exactly why most of Montréal's once vibrant Jewish community are now in Toronto, as well as many ex-Montréalais Anglos (such as myself) and businesses, and the fact that even Francophone immigrants tend to move on.
So many mixed feelings. Let's start with the ones you won't expect from an Anglo-Canadian:
- Canada is only soverign from, and better than, the US because it includes a more socialist Québec
- only Québec knows how to vote for its class interests, and vote strategically
- Montréal is the only interesting city in Canada
Let's continue with the less positive:
- I felt encouraged in no way to improve my French while in Montréal, whereas I often have my Japanese in Japan
- I felt little more chance of integration in Québec than in Japan, which is saying a lot
- bigotry in sign-laws, schooling, head coverings, and descending to using the 'notwithstanding clause' of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- corruption ubiquitous since well before my father refused to do business there in the 70s
A hint to the PQ: if you have lost referenda twice, the birth rate of 'pur laine' Québécois is below the replacement rate, and there is no way Allophones or 'ethniques' Francophones will vote for Québécois populism, try being inclusive. If Québec were, I would take my blended family there**, learn French and use it, because Québec society is more economically just than anywhere else in North America
*I do not think the Crimea passes the smell test.
**If I could make a living for them.