|Montréal, le 29 mai 1999||
|Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated
The objectors seemed to be saying that such a definition would deny the view that Québécois are a people and a culture. One dissenter even stated that he considered being called a Canadian an insult, and thought others may have the same view of being called a Quebecker. Another participant thought that Bill 101 was not designed to
Yet another glimpse of the wonderful world of an ethnocentric Quebec appeared earlier still when our dauntless Finance minister reiterated his view that only the
On this occasion, instead of berating a hotel worker of Mexican origin in a hotel, he made his opinions known in public, via a radio broadcast. Mr. Landry knows that only 40.3% of respondents (61.1% of whom were committed
Presumably, Mr. Landry could eliminate all doubt and ensure a victory in the next referendum by confining the vote to only those members of the Parti Québécois in good standing. To make absolutely certain that he wins, while appearing to be democratic, he could graciously allow a few members of the Quebec Liberal party to vote as well; provided they were drawn from those who share his bizarre political opinions.
In a so-called
On the Cree side of things
Clearly identifiable as a people, Quebeckers are not; but the Cree are. A few months ago, I watched a
The programme focused very largely on the Quebec government’s attempt to bulldoze the Great Whale project into existence. It was interesting to note the quiet, almost plaintive, way in which the Cree expressed their opposition to a project which without any doubt would have destroyed their way of life for ever. This gentle people’s mannerisms contrasted quite sharply with the arrogant statements of Quebec’s political and business elite.
This film also brought to mind last year’s Supreme Court pronouncement about the way in which secession may or may not occur. This lengthy document, which seemed to me at least, yet another example of the Canadian devotion to resolute compromise, contained several references to the other minority groups in a province like Quebec, bent upon separating from this country.
One recalls the October 1995 referendum held by the Cree in which over 96% of them rejected being separated from Canada without their consent. We all remember how the separatists dealt with that result, they stated that the new
Although the Supreme Court decision implied that the wishes of the aboriginal people must be taken into account, the Court also said that since the aboriginal peoples were concerned with their status in the event of a unilateral act of secession by Quebec and since their judgement clearly states that Quebec does not have such a right, it became unnecessary to explore further their concerns.
The question which comes to mind is will the federal government support them, or other minority groups, in their contention that they are a
So in view of the above, if I were an aboriginal leader I would not be sleeping too well thinking that the federal government was negotiating on my behalf. The secessionists have clearly stated that they would not recognize the rights of an Aboriginal people to secede from Quebec for any reason. The boundaries of the traditional aboriginal lands are not synonymous with those of the provinces which they inhabit. Separatists have answered that a tri-party agreement could resolve that problem. There are no prizes for guessing who might lose out in such a deal.
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