Constitutional Shopping List

Pursuit of the thorny issues of Canadian constitutional reform and offering further carrots to appease Quebec nationalists are the subject of conflicting messages coming from the minority conservative government in Ottawa, while Mr. Harper is out of town. Should Mr. Harper eventually be so inclined to the risky business of constitutional reform in Canada, serves notice that Quebec’s forgotten Anglophone, Allophone, and other minorities also have an agenda for inclusion in any future constitutional discussions.

At the top of the list, if any “meat is to be added to the bones” of the recognition of the “Quebecois Nation”, as floated by minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn this week, is the restoration of full minority rights available to all other Canadians, except for those denied to many of us who live in Quebec (see Bill 101, 104, etc).

And there must be discussion about and explanations of the countless millions of Canadian taxpayers dollars transferred to the Quebec Government for English language minority education, and other programs for social services and medical access? We must be apprised of where and how that funding was spent. There appears to be no accountability for the use of these funds.

The most contentious of subjects for inclusion in constitutional reform would be for a referendum for the creation a partitioned province of Laurier for Quebecers who believe in “being Canadian”, living in a fully bilingual province, where enjoyment of full Canadian rights are shared by all; where people live next door to each other in peace and mutual respect, building a shared society together.

The new province of Laurier was proposed recently by AffiliationQuebec to be composed of a major part of the island of Montreal and surrounding areas of metropolitan Montreal, including the land mass south of the Ottawa and St Lawrence Rivers, from Ontario to New Brunswick.

If Prince Edward Island is entitled to full provincial status in the Canadian federation with a population of less than 140,000 people, surely Quebec with it’s population in excess of 7.5 million could be easily partitioned into two provinces in order to assure the survival of Canada as an intact nation, and to restore to loyal Canadians in Quebec, the true feeling of living in Canada.