Political violence in Quebec

Who said nothing interesting ever happens in Canadian politics? Following the victory of the separatist Parti Quebecois in provincial elections, a man walked into the convention hall and opened fire, killing one and injuring another. He then set a fire in the back of the hall. While details about the shooter are sketchy at this point, he is alleged to have said ‘the English are awakening’ as the he was being dragged off by the police. Not to excuse this man’s actions, but clearly much of the French-speaking majority in Quebec have fostered resentment in the English-speaking minority. Remember the uproar this past hockey season when the Montreal Canadiens hired a head coach who could not speak French? Parti Quebecois promotes openly-bigoted policies, such as promising to limit access to English-language junior colleges, and banning any clothing with religious connotations. I believe every nation has the right to be sovereign and independent of outside influence if they so choose, and if Quebec were a sovereign country then perhaps I might be sympathetic to the party’s platform. However, Quebec has never been its own country, and has had a significant English-speaking population for all of its history. Furthermore, it is a province of an otherwise English-speaking country. It has only been in recent decades that the discrimination against ‘Anglophones’ has been enshrined in provincial law, resulting in many English-speakers leaving the province. The best analogy I could think of would be if California were to mandate Spanish-only for schools, government services, etc. (And that may happen just yet.) Let us not overlook what Quebec separating would do to the rest of Canada: The maritime provinces would be cut off from the rest of their country. For the sake of Canada and all of North America, Quebec must stay part of Canada …

(NOTE: This posting originally appeared in the now-defunct Last Days Bulletin blog. It is Copyright 2012, Bay State Conservative News. Follow me on Twitter – @Sunking278)


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