March 20, 2006

A Bad Week for Canada

This Leadership has one big factor which I, as a Quebecker, must address. Everyone wonders how we will deal with the separatists. I have made my position clear. Those who wish to break apart the country are nothing but treacherous traitors. The redundancy is intentional.

3 Crimes against Canada were committed last week. Pierre Falardeau didn’t even have to break out the chainsaw. Liberal leadership candidates, the country is under attack by Jean Charest and Stephen Harper. Appeasement is thriving once again!

Crime #1: Quebec at UNESCO
Facts: Quebec wants to decide who it sends as part of the Canadian delegation to UNESCO and for that person to be allotted part of the Canadian time to speak on behalf of the Quebec government. Harper promised this during the election to gain votes.

Quebec is not a country, nor will it ever be. It does not need its own voice on the international stage, because it is not a country. Simple enough for you? Canada’s voice is just fine. Who helped protect Canadian culture in the recent battle at UNESCO? Liza Frulla, a proud Quebecker, and former Quebec culture minister herself. Quebec’s culture minister also spoke, but Charest wants this to be permanent.

Proof this is bad: The happiest person about this news was Gilles Duceppe, who says this lays a great foundation for an independent Quebec, who now will have foreign policy experience to go along with its fake embassies and useless rhetoric. Chalk one up for the separatists. Thanks Stephen!

Crime #2: Cutting the Funding of the Canadian Unity Council
Liberals spent 56 days asking Stephen Harper what programs he would cut first. It wasn’t Medicare, or Child Care, or Welfare, but 12 million dollars to an organization that protects the integrity of this country by retrieving information about Canadian attitudes and values. A program which allows Canadian youth to experience the vast culture this ENTIRE country has to offer. Of course that needs to be cut. (We also spent more money on Gomery’s legal bills but I won’t go there.)

Was this good? No it was terrible. So terrible it was announced on a Friday afternoon hoping nobody would notice. The PMO unmuzzled Lawrence Cannon long enough for him to say “we have other views on how this new federalism should work.” Checking the pulse of the average Canadian through polling, exposing youth to a successful Canada, that’s old federalism, the same old federalism that says the federal government controls foreign affairs.

Who was overjoyed by the news? You guessed it, separatists. They love this Harper government, moving the sovereigntist cause forward, without even trying. Duceppe is in real trouble though, Harper is cornering his market. Et tu, Lucien?

Crime #3: Benoit Pelletier has another Separatist Moment
Can people explain to me HOW I will possibly vote for the PLQ next election? They keep giving me reasons not to. The federalist cause got a shot in the arm from the European Union. The EU claimed for Montenegro to secede from Serbia, they would need a positive vote of 55%. To those critics who did not say the ruling does not apply, the EU used Stephane Dion’s Clarity Act as a precedent to create international law! It has always a main argument of the harder-line federalists that a single vote would not break apart the country. All federalists should cheer at the shot in the arm provided by the EU, an excuse for a federalist government in Quebec City to welcome the ruling and deal a huge blow to the separatist cause.

Who will defend the federalist cause? Benoit Pelletier…Aw Shit! The Benoit Pelletier is a Separatist Club is back!

Benoit Pelletier said the law in Quebec would still be 50% +1, because the Clarity Act is good enough for the EU, but not in Canada. Canadian law sets European precedent and yet it does not apply in Quebec. He defended 50% +1 like Jacques Parizeau. Jean Charest was by his side. Stephen Harper agreed 3 days later when the French ambassador had to backtrack. A lost opportunity, because the PLQ and the CPC are willing to sell the integrity of this country in order to placate people who are gonna use every dirty trick in the book.

Where is the federalist leadership? It certainly will not come from Harper. Appeasement will not work. Look what happened after Meech!

National Unity is shaping up to be a major issue in the upcoming leadership race. Leaders-in-waiting must decide what is more important, appeasing a hungry beast or standing up for what’s right. Stand Up for Canada, Don’t stand for Appeasement!

In December, Liberals from across the country will descend into Motnreal, the soul of the Liberal Party. We have a job to do. National Unity is shaping up to be a major issue in the upcoming leadership race. Leaders-in-waiting must decide what is more important, appeasing a hungry beast or standing up for what’s right. Stand Up for Canada, Don’t stand for Appeasement!

See you in Montreal!

23 Commentaires:

Anonymous Manitoba Liberal a dit...

Quite clearly as Liberals and Canadians we have to work to make sure that Belinda is our next leader, cause only an anglophone with little experince or vision will be able to keep the country together.

Right Bridgette?

3/20/2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

This plays into the ahnds of those with a more national vision of Canada. Bob Rae is a former President of the CUC.

This also helps Michael Ignatieff, whose discourse on equal citizenship is a great alternative to the appeasement of Charest/Harper.

Obviously Stephane Dion can also receive a huge boost for playing up his role in creating the clarity act.

National Unity conventions favor those 3 candidates.

3/20/2006 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Manitoba Liberal a dit...

Personally I'm still hoping that Kennedy tosses his hat into the ring, but I agree with you about those other candidates. Dion and Ignatieff both have a vision and a passion for Canada that will serve them well in the next round of unity battles.

Dion will get a boost for the Clairty Act out here in the West, but from what Quebec Liberals tell me, it is going to kill him in his home province. Is that a sure thing? Or can Dion make a play for delegates in Quebec?

3/20/2006 3:48 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

the Clarity act is opposed by about 3/4 of the Quebec population and Dion was the poster boy.

Stephane is good at debating ideas already on the table. Can we sell Dion federalism to Quebec? Can we sell a seal pelt to Paul McCartney?

Damaged goods, like RAE DAYS in Ontario. It's sad actually, the Clarity Act was actually the brainchild of a reform MP by the name of Stephen Harper. Dion improved it. The things people will do to achieve power.

3/20/2006 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Dion should run for the leadership just so we can see which other contender will attack him and the Clarity Act in order to pick up delegates and votes.

3/20/2006 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

^

Paul Martin hated the Clairty Act when it was introduced.

Maybe Paul will come back to fight Dion on that issue!

3/20/2006 5:38 PM  
Anonymous élie a dit...

Herm...

Canadian culture?

What's that like?

3/20/2006 5:49 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Quebec culture is canadian culture, some of us prefer to say franco-canadian culture.

Also, the combined cultures of the ethnic communities sovreigntists want to convert, is that not Canadian culture as well.

Italians in Montreal are far differnt from those in Italy. You can barely call it italian anymore. Its Italo-Canadian.

And besides, look at Tim Hortons profit margins. Canadian culture is VIBRANT!

3/20/2006 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Italians in Montreal are unique, unlike the mangia-cakes in TO. Maybe St-Leonard should declare itself a distinct society and separate from Quebec. What do the Italo-Candian/Quebeckers think?

3/20/2006 6:10 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

A vote would garner 50% + 1.

We do have a government under Frank Zampino. A distinct population. We also have defined territory.

Now If only I can find Benoit Pelletier's email address. I might have it from the bitchy email I got the last time I called him a separatist. That was ages ago.

3/20/2006 6:20 PM  
Anonymous élie a dit...

"the combined cultures of the ethnic communities sovreigntists want to convert..."

What religion do they want to convert them to? And please don't say "separatism", because when I read your rants, I notice that the enthusiasm you display for "federalism" conveys religious influences as well.

But it's good to hear about Benoît Pelletier on Fuddle-Duddle again. You know, with all that leadership talk, Fuddle-Duddlers tend to forget about the important stuff, like for instance the Benoît Pelletier Separatist Club, of which you are a founding member, I believe.

3/20/2006 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

You are right, Manitoba Liberal! With the dawning of Harper's administration threatening the unity of our country, I say we get Belinda Stronach for the repairs!

I doubt Brigitte will do this, but Antonio, can you please ask her to write a column on why she supports Belinda Stronach. I'm genuinely interested because I've only heard really bad things and to be honest, I think she stands for everything I dislike. Well, maybe not EVERYTHING.

But yeah, I'm genuinely interested. I'm not going to bad mouth her for it or anything, I'm just curious to know her reasons because as of now, I can't think of one good quality she has that would make her a great leader.

3/20/2006 7:55 PM  
Anonymous élie a dit...

Oh, let's stop talking leadership, OK? It's getting boring after a while.

Let's get back to Benoît Pelletier and his separatist clique, a.k.a. the Club.

3/20/2006 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Antonio,

53 Young Lib Campus clubs are allowed to send delagates, which ones are they?

How many "paper clubs" got cut in Quebec?

3/20/2006 8:48 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

All of them got cut

Richard Diamond and the YLC did a fantastic job and were fair. Concordia lost 3 clubs, I have to find places for my delegates. And now Belinda and Brison are paying people to recruit in schools,

should make for a ton of fun

3/20/2006 9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

No more paper clubs!

I can't be a delegate from some hair styling school in Hull this time around?

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

3/20/2006 9:49 PM  
Blogger decoin a dit...

Belinda will triumph. Only hope for the LPC to regain its grip on power. Without power we are nothing. Ashley MacIsaac is not the answer, although he would sweep the Maritimes. Belinda is taking french immersion and will parlez vous a storm up in no time. Her power, ambition, and unlimited funding will put her over the top in December. We'll be back in power by February.

3/21/2006 1:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Then, flying pink donkeys will magically appears and brings us to the land of freedom, where we will ride on raibows for the rest of times while eating three-colours ice cream!

3/21/2006 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Decoin, you are almost as crazy as Brigitte! Your arrogance is almost too much to bear!

1. Belinda Stronach is a terrible choice for leadership (don't even get me started);

2. It's arrogance like yours that would try to bring down the government for ANOTHER election (seriously, it WILL piss of voters!)

3. The Liberal Party is still working on it's rebuilding. February is not nearly enough time to unite the Party, figure out it's new identity, etc.

4. Even though I'm a Liberal, I have to say, the Tories are doing pretty good (well, minus the whole cabinet thingy) and I don't think the public will be ready to take them out of power by February.

5. By February, I think the public will still want to keep the Liberals in the penalty box.

3/21/2006 2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

Everybody wrote in english so I'll do it too but please bare with my english.

Antonio, It was a good post but I do not agree with it. When you talk about the clarity act and see it's a good thing, I must be opposed to it. During the last referendum, the federalist camp was talking abotu the fact that souvereinist wanted to win the referendum and then separate themself without discussion. It scared a lot of people who did not want the separation of quebec to be made that way. Now, with the clarity act, it will be impossible to scare those people because the souvereinist will have to talk with canda. In the long term, I think the clarity act will not help us. It tougher to explain in english then I tough.

As far as Quebec speaking of his own free will, you misunderstand how the Bloq works. They say that Quebec talking of his own voice outside canda is a step toward independance. They are doing politics. If Harper was to say that Quebec would not talk outside canada, then Duceppe would have been outside saying that Canada was not allowing Quebec to express themself and that separation was the only option. I think the expression is Damn if you do, Damn if you don't. However, it is better that Quebec be allowed to talk outside because they are souvereinist who will see this as a new relation between Quebec and Canada and that maybe Quebec can be different while staying in Canada. It will help us in long term. Duceppe is just doing politics, trying to winvote. It has nothing to do with what Quebecers think. Nobody will say " We can speak outside Canada so we need to separate ourself so that we can have a voice". If we give them a voice, they will less reason for them to leave.

As far as Pelletier is concerned, you are against showing nationalist quebecers like me why some member of the plc do not understand most quebecers. You are doing what we are accusing the PQ of doing, it's eather your with me or your against me. This is just not the way to help quebec stay inside canada. You must think of all people who beleive in a strong Quebec and that want to stay in Canada. All that your views do it's show them that maybe Canada will never really understand Quebec. Pelletier is really liked in Quebec as you know and in a referendum, he will be a great asset to help us. To bring him them will only show the lack of support nationalist quebecers will receive in Canada. Souvereinity is down and I think the PLQ as a lot to do with it.

This is my two cents,

Mathieu B

3/21/2006 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

I guess Dion being in favour of dividing Quebec up in case of a Yes vote and only allowing an independent Quebec a fraction of territory is not all that popular as well.

Dion is the devil. He is a tool for anti-Quebec forces in Canada.

3/21/2006 11:06 AM  
Blogger MPM a dit...

Excellent comments! We need to keep pointing out that Harper's "new federalism" is nothing more than kissing Quebec's ass and calling it a Unity Strategy.

Yes, it is key for Charest to win the next election and that in itself is a helpful short-term strategy. If that also means the Tories win more seats in Quebec as oppose to the Bloc, than so be it. As Liberals, we just need to make sure we REALLY get our act together in Quebec because we're now fighting a two-front battle. Unfortunately, I don't think our current crew can get it done -- Coderre, Dion, Lapierre, Cauchon. Hopefully, leadership will inject some new blood into the LPCQ.

Can we all just admit that Belinda would be a terrible pick for LPC leader? She may cause some excitement but that's about it. She simply cannot win Quebec and she cannot win a general election. If the LPCQ lines up behind Belinda, it will prove that the Sponsorship Scandal had no impact on Liberals in Quebec. Money for votes cannot continue.

Leadership, vision, substance, policy, ideas, ability to inspire and a connection to the common-man/woman are the traits that are need in our next LPC leader.

3/21/2006 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

This blog has been rather quiet.

Did they kill Antonio and Denise and Alec?


Please post to show you are allright or else I will ask the police to dreg the St. Lawerence.

3/22/2006 7:31 PM  

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