Postscript: PQ history speaks for itself
Published Friday, September 6, 2013 12:32PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, September 6, 2013 12:43PM EDT
Churchill once remarked "History will be very kind to me, for I intend to write it."
He actually did follow up on his promise, but we all know that history can be twisted and torqued for partisan reasons.
I suspect that is exactly what the Parti Quebcois has in mind when it plans on boosting the teaching of history in schools and making it mandatory in CEGEP.
Not any history mind you, but so-called Quebec National History.
Whenever the PQ brings the word national into the conversation you can be sure it is a code for sovereignty.
Any PQ proposal on history will be all about centuries of humiliation, subjugation, bad Anglos, Quebec-bashing, the failure of the federal system, and so on. A history of victimization and a call to arms for the fight for freedom to influence young minds and voters.
Perhaps it will coincide with the harebrained PQ idea to lower the voting age to 16.
It's all part of a carefully planned strategy of promoting identity politics.
The ultimate goal is a majority government and with a majority government will come a shot at a third referendum on separation.
Right from the get go this government ignored what was really in the best interests of Quebecers
It broke promises; it took two steps back for every one it put forward with silly and dangerous ideas.
Its showcase legislation was not about healthcare, education or the economy. It was about language.
Bill 14 was designed to divide and exacerbate old and tired tensions.
The next piece of the PQ's Rubik cube is its mean-spirited Charter of Quebec Values which is nothing but a play for votes in the regions where elections are won and lost where many people have never seen anyone who is different.
It is a charter for old pure laine white Roman Catholic values.
What business does the state have in dictating values?
Perhaps it doesn't matter to Marois that Quebec lost 43,800 jobs in three months, or that Quebec is Canada's most-indebted province with the highest taxes, or that the housing market is weak and getting weaker and the number of new building permits is falling, and the government is facing a billion-dollar shortfall in revenue this year.
One analyst says Quebec likely already is in a recession.
All this after only one year of the PQ in power.
No, it does not matter to Marois.
All that matters to her is sowing division and discord, to whip up fears of bogeymen lurking in every corner.
My guess is that if this atmosphere continues and deepens many No voters will take up the mayor of Calgary on his offer to head out west.
But it's far from being a lost cause.
A lot can happen and change between now and then.
We will have to keep fighting the fight, dispelling the lies, and promoting the truth.
We can all be like Churchill and write the history we intend to make.