Ignatieff was in North Vancouver yesterday. A sizable crowd came out to see him speak. One of the issues he spoke about was Stephen Harper's claim that a Conservative majority is the only answer to Quebec separatism. He said the Conservatives are fear mongering and he is right. They are. However, I was disapointed in his response. After all, leaving aside the fact that most Quebecers hate Harper guts and a Harper majority would likely increase support for separation, Harper record leaves a lot to be desired.
This is a man who wrote a paper called "Separation, Alberta-style: It is time to seek a new relationship with Canada."
This is a man who said Albertans had a lot to learn from Quebec Separatists.
"It is to take the bricks and begin building another home -- a stronger and much more autonomous Alberta. It is time to look at Quebec and to learn. What Albertans should take from this example is to become "maitres chez nous."
This is a man who held up Belgium, a country on the verge of breaking up, as a model for Canada
"I think we should look at more creative ways of dealing with some of the demands for change in the country," Harper said. "I used the Belgium model."
... "I want my party to consider how this model could be adopted to Canada," Harper said in a prepared text of the speech.
This is a man who has repeatedly denigrated Canadian public opinion.
"Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status, .... "
"Any country with Canada’s insecure smugness and resentment can be dangerous".
"We [Alberta] are the only province in Canada keeping pace with the top tier countries in the world. Now we must show that we will not stand for a second-tier country run by a third-world leader with fourth-class values."
"Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it"
And this is man who downplayed the importance of a yes vote for separation and said it was of secondary importance to him.
"Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion"