Wednesday, February 28, 2007

To separate or not to separate

Let's play partisan politics today. With the recent news that the Quebec Liberals are doing well even in Quebec City, one has to wonder what a federal Liberal is to think. Do we want Jean Charest to win, which would boost Stephen Harper's prospects in Quebec and his profile nationwide as a strong spokesperson for 'soft federalism'? Or do we want the Parti Quebecois and André Boisclair to win, who is flat-out lying to the Quebec people with his talk of 'public consultations' on referenda? Were the PQ to win, Stephen Harper's credibility in Quebec would diminish, and he would be seen as weak on the separatists. The federal Liberals would be perfectly placed to fight and win an election over this. And yet, the state of Confederation is placed in grave danger were this to play out.

A win by the Quebec Liberals would be a godsend for Harper's Conservatives. However, the unity of our country goes above partisan politics. As a proud Canadian first and a Liberal second, it is important that we remain one nation. I just hope that federal unity doesn't cost the federal Liberals the next general election.