February 17, 2010

Quebec Sovereignty is Dead

CANADA - According to retired premier Lucien Bouchard, Quebec sovereignty is dead.

The statement came today as the former Parti Quebecois leader, the most popular leader in the history of the Quebec separatist movement, took the time to speak publicly on the issue for the first time since his 2001 retirement.
"Sovereignty is no longer achievable," says Lucien Bouchard.
Bouchard also says that not only is Quebec independence dead but it’s not something Quebecers should be focusing on. Bouchard argued that his old party should be focus its efforts on education and economic issues.

Of course some sovereigntists will disagree, notably Bernard Landry, who claims he will continue fighting for Quebec independence even if Bouchard won't.

But Bouchard also commented that the PQ party has become too radical, too prone to prejudices (like Jacques Parizeau's racist rant after the 1995 Quebec Referendum in which he blamed the ethnic vote).

Pauline Marois, the current PQ leader, started today's question period in Quebec by asking the government why it had changed the law to allow Orthodox Jewish schools to offer classes on Saturday.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest snapped back that she should have taken her former leader’s advice before the day’s question period, questioning why she hadn't been asking such questions sooner.

The PQ has had a poor track record when it comes to winning the votes of different ethnic groups living in Quebec, operating on the mantra:
"Si vous n'êtes pas Québécois, vous n'êtes pas censé être au Québec."
which in English means
"If you're not Quebecois, you're not supposed to be in Quebec."

See Also
The Roots of Quebec Separatism
Canadian Unity Vs. Quebec Separatism
Quebec Separatism: Why Bother?

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