The following is a word for word quote from Monique Gagnon-Tremblay who said:
“While Quebec and Canadian courts may take certain religious decisions into consideration, Sharia law should not apply either in Quebec or Canada”.
The quote appeared in the National Post Newspaper, Thursday March 17, 2005 on page A17.
There are two ways to read this quote. The first is the obvious concerning the subject matter of Sharia.
The other way is the content of the quote that effectively says “in Quebec or Canada”.
Foolish me; for some stupid reason, I thought that Quebec was in Canada. I seem to remember that Quebec held two referendums (1980 and 1995) on whether the province of Quebec should remain within Canada.
And in both circumstances, Quebecers voted to stay within Confederation.
The continuing use of Quebec “AND” Canada, or in this case, Quebec OR Canada galls me. We never hear the Americans say Texas and the USA. Or the French saying Normandy and France. Or the Italians saying Sicily and Italy.
Perception is always 99% of the reality. Therefore; if the perception is that there is Quebec AND Canada, or Quebec OR Canada, this will become the reality.
Don’t get me wrong.
I look forward to the day when there will be a serious realignment of what we call Confederation, when Quebec is independent and the rest of the “country” regionalizes itself to the point where Canada will be a loose association of 4 regions with Quebec totally on its own.
Or in the absence of a deal between regions, Ontario goes it alone as an independent nation. But that is not yet where we’re at.
I imagine that most of the people reading this article have no idea who Monique Gagnon-Tremblay is. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of, since she in herself is no big deal.
But what makes it a BIG DEAL, is that she is a so-called FEDERALALIST MINISTER (Quebec Minister Of International Relations) in the Quebec Liberal government of Jean Charest.
If anyone should know better, that Quebec is a part of Canada, such as: Quebec within Canada, opposed to Quebec AND Canada, or in her case, Quebec OR Canada, it would be a Minister of a so-called federalist government.
Being a Quebecer, she already has the mind-set that Quebec is not a part of Canada, and somehow already separate.
I’ve heard the same from just about every news-writer, editorialist and politician, INCLUDING the past and present Prime Ministers of Canada.
Let’s just get the inevitable done, and make it official: Quebec AND Canada.