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Harper Declares Quebec a Nation "Within Canada."

November 22nd, 2006

Stephen Harper today surprised analysts and the house by announcing he would be “introducing a motion recognizing that Quebecers form a nation within Canada.”

The move comes the day before the house is set to debate a Bloc Quebecois motion declaring Quebec a nation, but not within Canada. In a debate that is ripping the federal Liberals apart, Harper came out on Michael Ignatieff’s side, putting forth the motion that the Liberals will be debating in a week and a half – which by then could be moot.

It looks like a move by Harper to restrict damage done by the Bloc motion, while once again, throwing the fox in the Liberal hen house: front-runner Michael Ignatieff’s position is now official Conservative policy. This motion will allow Federal politicians to vote that Quebec is a nation, while not directly supporting separation. It looks like it has the support of the Liberals.

One last note. Why do this? – here’s why (go to page 2):

Former Liberal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre says he will vote for both the Bloc and the Liberal motions and says it would be a slap in the face of Quebec to vote no.

There’s not a politician in this country that can afford to slap Quebec in the face (OK, Jack Layton can), nor is there one who can afford to support the Bloc motion outside of Quebec.

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  1. Anonymous
    November 22nd, 2006 at 17:18 | #1

    I’m a former Reform supporter who is very surprised by this move. I’ll be sitting on my hands next election because of this.

  2. Fed Up
    November 22nd, 2006 at 17:38 | #2

    hasn’t split the Liberals one iota. Bill Graham announced that the Opposition will support Harper’s motion and vote against the Bloc’s.

    What Harper (and Duceppe) continue to do, is find new ways to try and divide Canadians.

    Isn’t it time Tories told their Leader to start acting like a Prime Minister and not a prepetual backroom tactician??!!

  3. Liam O’Brien
    November 22nd, 2006 at 22:02 | #3

    Nobody on the “opposed” side of this resolution has shown how calling Quebec a nation in any way, shape or form harms anyone in the rest of Canada or in any way weakens or hurts Canada as a whole.

    If anything, this marks an improvement. As I’ve said elsewhere today, it’s possibly a positive step towards more flexible, sophisticated, and mature federalism.

    Good for Mr. Harper. I support this motion 100%.

  4. Brian
    November 24th, 2006 at 07:45 | #4

    hasn’t split the Liberals one iota.

    But Harper just supported Ignatieff’s view, the same view Dion and Rae have been saying is wrong for the last month. I didn’t mean it would split them, but it must affect how some delegates are thinking, either pro or contra.

  5. Brian
    November 24th, 2006 at 07:47 | #5

    I agree with you Liam. Those opposed can’t say why they are opposed. Harper’s no fool, and he’s thinks things through to their logical conclusion – he plays the long game I have heard people say about him.

    My only worry is, when so many politicians agree on something, someones getting screwed.

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