I had decided not to talk politics. But when I read in an article by my colleague Annabelle Blais that the leader of the PQ considers that Poilievre “could make Quebecers want to separate”, I frankly burst out laughing.
In fact, my years in the sovereignist movement have rather shown me that the Conservatives are the most effective in extinguishing the flame of sovereignty. The Parti Québécois and the Bloc Québécois know this full well. Why? Because they are decentralizers.
They know how to respond to Quebecers' desire for autonomy and undermine the sovereignist leitmotif according to which Quebec cannot spread its wings while remaining in Canada.
The Harper era has demonstrated the fallacy of this premise.
A pupil of Harper
Poilievre is a brilliant man who knows how to handle the verb. He has repartee, speaks good French and knows how to hit the mark. I saw it deploy in Ottawa. He will be a good opponent in the next election.
If he follows in Harper's footsteps, we can expect a better economic performance than Trudeau. He will also be able to respect the autonomy of the provinces.
It was under a Harper government that the Quebec nation was recognized and given a seat at UNESCO. I can attest to that, since I represented Quebec there. For the languages of vipers, it is not a folding seat. The voice of Quebec is heard and listened to, even though we are part of the Canadian delegation.
During my visit, we organized several events and contributed to sending specialists on behalf of Quebec. Moreover, to mark the 15th anniversary of this agreement with UNESCO, the work Debouttes! by Quebec artist Caroline Monnet is currently exhibited in this UN institution, thus adding to a prestigious collection.
As for me, this type of agreement could even be deployed in other jurisdictions, again depending on the areas of jurisdiction of the provinces. The OECD is a good example. Only a Conservative government can have the openness to discuss these kinds of demands.
A provincial criminal code?
Leave me now tell you about one of my dreams…
Do you know that Canada has not always had a federal Criminal Code? Indeed, it was not until 1892 that the Constitution Act made it a federal law.
The Criminal Code is a codification of the values of a society.
By giving this power to the provinces, we would allow them to live according to their values. In a Canada where the Criminal Code would be provincial, we would not have had to endure, for example, Trudeau's legalization of cannabis. And the Supreme Court would still be in office to manage the excesses of some and guarantee the respect of rights.
I can already hear the defeatists crying out that it is impossible and the sovereignists chanting “Independence”.  ;
However, all it takes is a conjunction of lines connecting people of decided power to bring about this possibility…
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128