This time definitely? Quebec threatens to separate (again)

As we are told in Lorne Gunter’s Toronto Sun article below, “…just 52% of respondents would vote to keep Quebec part of Canada; 26% would punt la belle province and 22% were unsure how they would vote. But to me, the key statistic was that a full 88% of those polled felt “all the provinces should be treated equally, even if it upsets Quebec and risks separation.”

I’m quite old enough to have been through this already.  And as far as I’m concerned, if you Quebecers don’t like being part of Canada, with all the benefits and lavish funding you get from the rest of us, then you can just “separate” yourselves right out of here.

The Americans are no longer British – you know, the British are the dummies who know how to win wars and then lose the peace – and if you think that the Americans will care in the least about your precious “culture” and “language” if you gain independence, then you are living in a dream world.

The only people who give a damn about you are called “Canadians”.  You know, those people who pounded you into a pulp in the 1700’s and then put you up on a big pedestal and have worshipped you ever since.  And guess what!  They have had it up to here with your incessant demands, your “cultural imperialism”, and your never-ending whining and complaining.

Pierre Vallières, a leader of the “Front de libération du Québec”, wrote a book describing Quebecers as the “White Niggers of America”, see here.  That was back in the 1960’s, and was surprisingly accurate; just like the slave-descended Blacks in the United States, the French-descended inhabitants of Canada whine and moan ‘ad nauseum’ about perceived injustices from long before living memory, and expect the bemused descendants of their “oppressors” to keep them living in luxury and unquestioned privilege on a permanent basis.

The French of the 1700’s abandoned you, and the French today laugh hysterically whenever they hear your buffoonish “patois” pronunciations.  I found out the difference soon enough when I tried to speak my English Grammar School “Paris French” to you when I arrived here.

And what makes you think it’s all about you, anyway?

French land-owner  Jacques Parizeau was the Premier of Quebec from 1994 to 1996, and soon after his “sovereignty referendum” was defeated, he was made a “Commandeur of the Légion d’honneur” by the French government, in an obvious affront to Canada.  God only knows what honours the French would have poured all over him if he had succeeded…

The  tiny French possession of St. Pierre & Miquelon is a self-governing territorial “overseas collectivity of France” (see here) only 12 miles from Newfoundland.  For some reason, it possesses an airfield with a runway over a mile long, able to handle any military aircraft.

The French also have nuclear weapons, and a nasty attitude resulting from their military ineptitude and historical inability to retain important overseas possessions.  They have always been looking for a chance to regain some of their lost grandeur…

In anticipation of a “Yes” victory back in 1995, French-Canadian military personnel, especially RCAF pilots, were invited to throw themselves (and their formidable CF-18 fighter planes) in with an independent Quebec.  To what extent was France and its intelligence agencies involved in all of this?

The Americans have a long history of intolerance for instability on their borders, and would hardly have been unaware of what was going on.  Has anyone ever bothered to wonder why the Americans have far more military assets stationed right across from us than would seem necessary?

In summation, it is my opinion that you Quebecois are an annoying and parasitical liability to the rest of Canada.  If you don’t like being under our umbrella, just see how long you can last as a linguistic and cultural island of eight million people in a North American sea of some 300  million English-speakers plus another maybe 150 million people speaking Spanish.

Go ahead, make my day!

And don’t let the door hit your precious French asses on the way out.

Jeff Goodall.

Age of blackmail over: Canadians no longer prepared to pay any price for Quebec’s allegiance

Toronto Sun
Lorne Gunter
August 16th, 2012

A week ago, Ababus Data conducted a poll on behalf of Sun News Network in which 1,800 Canadians outside Quebec were asked whether they would vote to keep Quebec in Canada, or expel it, if a referendum on the subject were held today.

Much of the coverage of the results has focused on the fact that just 52% of respondents would vote to keep Quebec part of Canada; 26% would punt la belle province and 22% were unsure how they would vote. But to me, the key statistic was that a full 88% of those polled felt “all the provinces should be treated equally, even if it upsets Quebec and risks separation.”

That means that even the vast majority of Canadians who want Quebec to stay are no longer prepared to pay any price for that province’s allegiance. A paltry 12% told pollsters that “the federal government should do all it can to keep Quebec part of Canada.” Only a little more than one in 10 Canadians were in favour of granting Quebec special status to keep them part of Confederation. The overall mood of the rest of the country is: We’d mostly like Quebec to stay, but we are no longer prepared to grovel in return for the province’s commitment.

That means the age of blackmail is over. Quebec now lacks the leverage to bully the rest of the country into expensive concessions in return for a promise of fealty. Half of us don’t care whether Quebec stays or goes, and even the half who do don’t feel especially strongly about it — certainly not strongly enough to throw more billions at buying Quebec’s devotion. It’s as if the rest of Canada has awakened and finally realized it is living with an insatiable spouse. We love you dear, but we can no longer take the constant stream of demands. Stay or go, but understand the torrent of lavish gifts has ceased.

This view is especially strong in Alberta, and no wonder. Since 1958, when Ottawa began paying equalization, the federal government has given over half a trillion dollars to have-not provinces. During those 54 years, Quebec has received half of that total — nearly $250 billion.

By contrast, Alberta and Albertans have contributed over $200 billion during the same period. In other words, for most of the period during which equalization has been paid, it has been Alberta’s burden to subsidize Quebec’s experiment in expensive social democracy. Cheap college and university tuition, inexpensive daycare, intrusive language police, forced French-language schooling and so on are expensive and, for the most part, Albertans have been taxed and taxed and taxed again to underwrite the costs.

That might explain why Abacus found the lowest support for keeping Quebec in Canada (43%) among Albertans (Ontarians were highest as 56%) and why Albertans were most eager (36%) to give Quebec the boot.

But while Albertans might be the most vocal in their eagerness to see Quebec go, they are far from alone in their indifference to Quebec’s future. Remember, 88% of Canadians outside Quebec said Quebec should stay, but only if it is prepared to be treated as any other province.

This is especially good news given that Quebec is in the midst of a provincial election, one in which the separatist Parti Quebecios (PQ) stands a good chance of winning.

Already, PQ Leader Pauline Marois has threatened that should her party win, it will demand more autonomy and money from Ottawa or hold another sovereignty referendum. For instance, it will demand special EI benefits for Quebec’s seasonal workers.

Good luck, Pauline. We Canadians are no longer in the mood.

See original here.

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