So far, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ideology-inspired of project of social and political engineering expresses itself most eloquently in three ways: the Conservatives’ egregious assault on civil liberties; the metamorphosis of Canada into a petro-state; and militarization of both Canadian society and our foreign policy. We’re yet to acknowledge how this project oppresses the “other” while empowering utopian idealists who believe that the eradication of minorities will cleanse their world of some perceived contamination.
This might come as a surprise to most Anglophones in Canada and Quebec. But it’s true. Option Nationale, a party unconditionally committed to separating Quebec from Canada, invites Anglophones to help shape the “future” of the province. To help the province “reach its full potential”. The party’s leader, Jean-Martin Aussant, made made the surprise invitation in the YouTube video below, posted to YouTube Sunday.
On the surface, Aussant suggests that an independent Quebec will need Anglophones. And that language minorities “will benefit from a more prosperous Quebec.” Which is strange, considering that the leading seperatist, the Parti Québécoiss, has promised to introduce new and tougher restrictions on the English language if elected. Aussant split from the Parti Québécois and formed Option Nationale’s in 2011.
If Aussant was genuine, he’d be fighting for the English language in Quebec right now. He’d be insisting on English debates during the election. None are currently scheduled.
But even more revealing is this statement by Aussant: “It is time for all Quebecers to build a country of their own, and we all know what it is.”
The Canadian Progressive is published by Obert Madondo, an Ottawa-based activist, progressive political blogger, journalist and publisher. Obert has worked as speechwriter to Margaret Dongo, a former Independent Zimbabwean MP. He's worked as a senior executive with Germany and Canadian international development agencies. Obert is published or quoted here: The Huffington Post, CBC News, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, Rabble.ca, Metro News, The Charlatan, EMC Kanata, The Dominion and numerous alternative publications Follow @Obiemad