Postscript: Quebec has gone through the looking glass
Published Friday, April 27, 2012 10:13AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:01PM EDT
MONTREAL- It has become so very surreal.
Sometimes what happens in Quebec makes me think of Alice in Wonderland, full of uncommon nonsense. A world where nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't.
On Thursday the world saw our city in torment. CNN showing our students at their finest -- many wearing masks. Our city under siege.
A big welcome for tourists who might now be reconsidering a summer vacation here.
Bienvenue a Montreal. If the construction doesn't get you, the deconstruction will.
All for what? Entitlement.
One study shows that people with undergraduate degrees make a million dollars more in their lifetimes than those with just a high school education. It pays to go to university.
And these kids are complaining about $325 a year?
The militant group CLASSE refuses to denounce the tactics being used.
They say vandalism is okay, but draw the line at physical violence.
In other words, it's fine to rob your home as long as they are polite while they are doing it.
Then they and their allies such as the Parti Quebecois and Quebec Solidaire have the audacity to blame the government for the violence. The big unions are lending their support and no doubt their cheque books.
I always believed universities to be a marketplace of ideas but where is free expression?
The government must remain steadfast here.
Bullying, terrorism, and vandalism must never be rewarded.
With friends like these…
I'm not sure what Michael Ignatieff was thinking this week when he boldly predicted to a BBC interviewer that Quebec's secession is inevitable.
The man who wanted to be our prime minister not so long ago said that the powers given to Quebec were just a way station on the road to full independence.
PQ leader Pauline Marois could hardly contain her giddiness over the comment.
She should send Iggy a thank you card and some pure laine socks.
Much has been said lately about the growing disconnect between Quebec and the rest of Canada.
Yes we have our differences, but tell me how much a Newfoundlander has in common with an Albertan? And I suspect that most Quebecers are less "progressive" then many tend to think.
There is little appetite for another referendum, and even those who might be tempted by the prospect fully realize that a marriage breakup doesn't include bedroom privileges and it would mean the end of that $8 billion a year gravy train from the west.
There is an ebb and flow in most relationships. It's the same with Quebec and the rest of the country.
A country which has always been more than the sum of its parts.