« on: September 11, 2008, 12:15:53 AM »
It was that act that, I believe, set off the whole stupid sovereignty-constitutional bullshit crisis for the next 25 years. It really pissed off a whole generation of Quebecers in particular, and paved the way for a PQ win in 1976.
One thing led to another.
What a waste of time and energy. It was hard on the Canadian economy, almost destroyed Montreal (although, ironically, the lack of development for so many years preserved its beauty!), and I believe led to the creation of the Reform party and the Harperites.
I refer to this as the Canadian constipational debate.
The Spanish seem to have more or less figured this stuff out. I was in Barcelona during last spring's Spanish election. Catalunya functions pretty much as an independent country...with several different Catalunyan nationalist parties in the Spanish parliament.
Not to forget the Basque, Galician and Canary Island nationalists.
Compared to them our "constipational crisis" is pretty small stuff.
As for Elizabeth May and the Greenies..."party status" is more important than any principles. First they tried to recruit ex-Tory right-wing populist Garth Turner...then they successfully recruit a cast-off Liberal only a couple of weeks before an election call.
In the last campaign they ran candidates in Newfoundland who could barely find Newfoundland on the map. IIRC none of their seven Newfoundland candidates lived in the province. But, it helped them get some money.
I favour P.R. of course...and in that system she'd be "in" the debate. But we don't have P.R. and the "practise" in the TV debates has been to include parties that at least have a seat. So the task for the Greenies in our admittedly antique electoral system is to build at least one successful constituency organization.