I’m writing about Quebec’s new RIGHT with the blessing of Ottawa, to travel in “nation to nation” lockstep with France at international economic events.
Does that mean Ontario can now travel as a pseudo sovereign nation, also in lock-step with all the English speaking countries of the world to economic events as well?
If not? Why not?
1965 WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR CANADA:
Lester B Pearson opened the floodgates to Quebec Sovereignty Association (as Levesque liked to call it) by granting Quebec the right to opt out of the Canada Pension Plan in favor of its own Quebec Pension Plan.
The official federal name for the pension plan(s) we currently have in place for Canada was: “The Canada-Quebec Pension Plan”. So it’s easy to see how Quebec nationalists would believe that Canada and Quebec are equals. Lester B Pearson and his 1960’s Liberals told them so.
Pearson also changed the Canadian flag from the Red Ensign that was a part of Canada’s history from 1892 to 1965 (73 years), to the Red and White Maple Leaf.
It was imagined by Pearson and his Liberals at that time, that the Red Ensign was too British, and Canada had to have a banner of its own.
But I believe the real reason for the change of national colors was to placate Quebec. After-all, how does one build a unified country when one province sees the national symbol as a constant reminder of the “Conquest” of the British over the French on the Plains of Abraham (Quebec City) in 1759?
Former Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker stood at Parliament Hill on the day the Red Ensign was taken down for the last time. It was at noon on February 15, 1965. He cried as he saw the beginning of his Canada change in ways that even he couldn’t imagine.
I was there too.
It makes me feel good that Ontario adopted the Red Ensign on May 21, 1965 as its Official Flag. It makes me feel even better that this is the flag under which I currently live.
Also in 1965, Canada introduced National Healthcare, which Quebec decided not to participate in like all the other provinces. Quebec’s system wasn’t equally portable. Therefore, it wasn’t really Canadian.
And now, almost 30 years later, Quebec has allowed three of its doctors to opt out entirely, giving Canada a two tiered healthcare system which will probably be the precursor to the end of National Healthcare.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau went on to patriate Canada’s Constitution in 1982, and along the way, he made it possible for Provinces to opt out of basic Charter of Rights guarantees, giving Quebec the RIGHT to suspend the Civil Rights and Liberties of their English and Ethnic minorities (Quebec’s Bill 178) in 1989, by so-called federalist, Quebec Premier, Robert Bourassa.
Trudeau invested his entire 15 years as Prime Minister to making certain that English Canada would become sensitive to the needs of French Quebec. But never the other way around.
When Trudeau’s English and Ethnic constituents in his Montreal area riding of Mount Royal asked him to protect their Rights from a racist Quebec language law passed in 1977 (Bill 101), that rendered the visible use of the English language illegal; Trudeau’s response was: “Don’t look to me to fight your battles”.
Sort of says it all no?
But that has only been a small part of it. Over the years, Canada has twisted itself into an embarrassing pretzel trying to placate Quebec. And it’s got to end.
I believe Paul Martin is the Prime Minister who’s finally going to push Canada towards that one appeasement for Quebec too many.
In Martin’s quest to win votes in Quebec, and to rework Confederation to make Quebec equal to the rest of Canada, Paul Martin will stir a sleeping giant (the rest of Canada) which has for many years been having bad dreams.
But when this giant finally wakes up and realizes that what they thought were just bad dreams, were in fact a reality, it will hit the fan. And then it will be over.
I am writing this editorial near midnight on Friday October 15, 2004. I will publish it on Galganov Dot Com on Saturday October 16, 2004. And before noon on the day this editorial is published, I will take down the Canadian flag that flies in front of my home. And I will replace it with the Red Ensign.
I will also instruct my Web Manager to change the Canadian flag on the Home Page of Galganov Dot Com to the Red Ensign.
Every year on Father’s Day, I bring to the cemetery a Canadian flag that I plant at the headstone of my parent’s grave. My father’s greatest achievement outside of his family was fighting with great honor, distinction and bravery above and beyond the call of duty during World War II for Canada.
On November 11th, Remembrance Day, I stand at attention at the memorial ceremony in Downtown Montreal where my father marched with his comrades until the year he died. I wear a Poppy in his memory, and the memory of all the other brave souls who fought for Canada. And after the parade of veterans pass by, I go to the cemetery and pin the Poppy I wore in his honor, onto the flag that graces my dad’s final resting place.
This year, I will remove the Maple Leaf, and pin the Poppy on a Red Ensign.
This is the real flag my father fought under. And this was the flag that did my country proud before it was highjacked by ethnocentric Québécois nationalists and appeasing cowards in Ottawa.
And for those of you who don’t know this. November 11th in Quebec is the beginning of Quebec citizenship week. Quebec can’t even stop their ethnocentricity long enough to honor all of those who fought to keep the world free and safe. Not even for the memory of the French Canadian (Quebec) soldiers who also sacrificed so much in the name of Canada.
To hammer the point home: While the rest of Canada celebrates July 1 as Canada Day, Quebec has mandated that Canada Day be the OFFICIAL MOVING DAY of Quebec.
I think that it’s time for Canada to take the hint, and move on without Quebec. The sooner the better.