There’s an interesting post at the blog, Blue Like You, about concentrating criticism of the Liberal/NDP/Bloc alliance on “the weakest link,” Stéphane Dion and not make this into a “unity crisis.” While I do agree that Stéphane Dion is the weakest link in this alliance, the inclusion of the Bloc is an affront to all Canadians who are loyal to the idea of a united Canada.
Some Canadians who live in Quebec have chosen a separatist party to further their political ends of one sort or another. That’s their democratic choice. My democratic choice is to do whatever I can to discredit anyone who proposes the break up of my country.
And, frankly, I don’t give a damn if that upsets some in Quebec. Their political actions upset me from time to time, big deal.
As for making a distinction between the terms “separatist” and “sovereignist,” I don’t get it. Isn’t the raison d’être of Quebec sovereignist separation from Canada? How else can Quebec become a sovereign nation? So the distinction seems merely political correctness—and don’t get me started on political correctness.
Recently, I’ve heard some in the Bloc referred to as “soft sovereignist,” whatever that means. But, as far as I’m concerned, being a sovereignist is a bit like being pregnant—you either are or you are not. And using the threat of separation to gain political gain is shameful.