Sovereignty’s back


Who else dared to hope the separation issue was passé?

New poll results suggest that sovereignty support is at a 7-year high here in La Belle Province… but as usual, most Quebecers want their Quebec and their Canada too:

When asked whether they would support sovereignty based on an economic and political partnership with the rest of Canada — the same question asked in the Oct. 30, 1995, referendum that spurred the now-defunct sponsorship program — 54 per cent said they would.

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When asked whether a vote for sovereignty still meant that they wanted Quebec to be part of Canada, 56 per cent of respondents said yes while 40 per cent said no.

This was the same confusion back in 1995 that led to the Clarity Act.

Needless to say, this is not good news. With Bloc support spiking in light of the Liberal scandal, and Charest about as likely to win re-election as a monkey is to win Miss America, it looks like we’re in for another referendum.

And with nobody in Quebec strong enough to lead the “no” fight, and with a large part of the rest of Canada wishing us good riddance, the referendum has a frighteningly real possibility of leading to separation – whether the voters understand that or not.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 half canadian 04.27.05 at 10:41 PM

Not good ridince, more like “Get it over with.”
What I’d like to see is a referendum on the matter (ie, Quebec, as its borders are presently constituted, should become a soveriegn nation, no longer effected by the laws of the Dominion of Canada. Yea or Nay?), with a clause stipulating that a Nay vote settles the matter for 50 years (ie, no chance of cessetion for 50 years from the date of the referendum).


2 segacs 04.27.05 at 10:45 PM

The 1980 and 1995 referendums were supposed to “get it over with”.

But then, World War I was supposed to be the “war to end all wars”.


3 DaninVan 04.28.05 at 3:35 PM

You could move out here to B.C., Sari, we have telemarketing here too…;)


4 John Palubiski 04.28.05 at 6:28 PM

DaninVan, why don’t you move here? That way there’d be another vote for Canada should another referendum be held.

There,s another poll out this morening ( 28th), by the way. It puts support for separation at *only*
46% There’s still hope, despite the wide grin Lise Payette has been sporting lately.

Makes ya wonder; is she firing off her Journal de Montréal missives from the floor of a pastry shop?


5 half canadian 04.28.05 at 9:24 PM

I distinctly remember after the 1995 referendum, a spokeswoman for the pro-secession side saying on Nightline that their next step (because of the loss) was to start campaigning the next day.
Whatever that referendum was supposed to say, it wasn’t “Get it over with.”
Presumably, a ‘yes’ vote on secession would preclude referendums on rejoining Canada, at least for a few decades. Is it too much to ask that the seperatists agree to a 50-year moratorium if they lose yet again?


6 josh 04.28.05 at 8:56 PM

One of the reasons I left Quebec was because of this eternal debate about this harmful fantasy.

Who gives a crap anymore about it? Give them a state, let them drown in the immigrants they need to keep a minimal amount of growth to keep the economy going, and then let them leave like the French are leaving France in droves.


7 just a guy 04.29.05 at 4:49 AM

I repeat: We need a civil war to settle this issue for good.


8 DaninVan 04.29.05 at 7:59 AM

Sari; the Montreal branch of my family has requested that I NOT move to Quebec…;)


9 DaninVan 04.29.05 at 4:44 PM

Not sure JohnP, I can’t see from here…;)

(I was just kidding, guys)

There’s a helluva lot of ex-Quebecers (Francophone)up here in Sechelt for some strange reason. It’s not exactly downtown Montreal. This is a small town and it allways seems surreal to hear French being spoken in the shops etc.


10 John Palubiski 04.29.05 at 4:28 PM

DaninVan, does the Montréal branch of your family hate you THAT much?

So….like… if you threaten to move to Montréal they’ll threaten to pack their bags for Vancouver?

At first glance your comment *sounded* like they really had the knives out for ya! :o)


11 John Palubiski 04.29.05 at 5:24 PM

I knew it DaninVan!! Your handle is a lie! Then again, “DaninSechelt” doesn’t quite have the same ring, does it?


12 DaninVan 05.01.05 at 7:17 AM

JohnP; they let me keep my handle when I moved out of the city. They thought it would be easier than provoking me…


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