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  • BI
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Let them go - but cancel all transfer payments and everything that Canada gives them now. See if they can go it on their own. We don't need them.

  • Maurice E.
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    It is hard to dislike Duceppe. A pretty straight talker and a strong voice for Quebec.

  • fintip
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    One of two scenarios is likely to unfold over the next decade or two. One is that Canada becomes a confederation as opposed to the federation of provinces as currently exists. Generally a confederation is a looser association of states (similar to the EU). Within such a structure, the authority and financial clout of the national government would be diluted while provincial autonomy would be strengthened. While difficult to achieve in practise, such a constitutional makeover would, in part at least, address not only the concerns of Quebec but the Western provinces and Newfoundland as well. The principal dissenting provinces would likely include Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and perhaps PEI. Ontario in particular might have to decide whether such an accommodation is better than the alternative - a succession of withdrawals from Canada. The other scenario is that Ontario blocks any constitutional change of such magnitude or, at least, that Quebec and other provinces grow weary waiting for Ontario to make up its mind. In that case, we will probably witness the departure of Quebec. If Quebec leaves, it may well signal the fragmentation of the federation into smaller groupings. The province most likely to follow Quebec would be Newfoundland and Labrador. There is enormous irony in the fact that Canada's poster boy for 'welfare province' has perhaps a better chance of improving on its standard of living post-separation than most other provinces (excepting perhaps Alberta in the short term). Incidentally if either Quebec or NL was to separate, this province's ability to repudiate or re-negoiate the Upper Churchill contract is virtually certain. Moreover, NL would regain control of its fish stocks (albeit in far worse shape than when control was ceded to Ottawa). That prospect alone might do more to reverse the crumbling fortunes of rural Newfoundland than any other single factor. Indeed it is almost certain that if NL does remain a province of Canada and if our offshore petroleum sector continues to perform, the present urbanization trend in this province will become more pronounced over time.

    The bottom line is that Quebecers have the right to decide their own fate. In the event there is another referendum, Ottawa and the provinces should refrain from any undue interference (other than to ensure that, unlike NL' experience, the vote is a fair one). Unlike others, I think it entirely likely that a sovereign Quebec would be well accepted by the international community including, for example, admission to NAFTA.

    This is not to suggest that the challenges presented by a fragmented Canada, if that were to occur, would not prove extremely difficult and costly. Two challenges in particular stand out. The first is the difficulty that Canada has always encountered in dealing with our much larger and domineering neighbor to the south. Independent states or a fractured federation would be even easier prey for America. The second is that, although the legal merits of Canada's claims in the Arctic would remain intact, in practical terms our prospects for success would be severely compromised. While that might be dismissed as a small issue by some, the reality is that - assuming our claim does succeed - the potential economic boon to Canada is enormous.

  • Sounding
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    What fools attending this guys speech. Your tax payers money pay for his salary and huge upcoming pension to lobby to get out of Canada. The jokes on all who went yesterday. he's laughing his head of is Duceppe.

  • lighter note
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    on a lighter note.. yay.. free advertising for booster juice.

  • Golf Fanatic
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Jordan - We won't ever get Churchill Falls completely back. Hydro Quebec owns 35%. That's right ... owns. To get it completely back Newfoundland and Labrador would have to buy that 35% back and Quebec would have to be willing to sell it ... and that isn't happening.

    Not sure why everyone is upset over Quebec wanting to seperate, wanting their independance. I consider myself a Newfoundlander moreso than a Canadian. All of Atlantic Canada should seperate from Canada - Atlantis anyone? :)

  • Gerry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    If the people of Quebec (or any province) hold a referendum to separate and the majority votes to separate, then so be it. That is their right to do so in a democratic society. IMHO though, what the BLOC fails to inform people are the consequences post separatist election. The last referendum was barely defeated: if the situation had been reversed, & the BLOC or PQ had their '50 + 1' vote, then the new country of Quebec would have traded the provincial separatists for a new federal separatist party of Quebec. Also, folks think taxes in Quebec are outrageous now? - & presently going up with more taxing on gas & goods, & including a just implemented yearly health care contribution'. (I've been living here for four years). Taxes after separation can & will only increase substantially if Quebecers wish just to maintain the level of social / health services now. The federal equalization payments etc would cease. Any federal party in power at the time in Ottawa would see protests (and worse) from the NL to BC if they did not cut off all payments, etc to a separate Quebec. Also, what be the results if our Quebec First Nations brethern want to stay with Canada? With the potential turmoil in Mexico & Communist Cuba just off Florida, how would our American neighbours to our south view having another socialist country to their north? Having patriotic pride in ourselves by turning (any) province into a sovereign nation is one thing, but trying to achieve this grandiose idea of self utopia is naive & just plain short-sighted.

  • Too bad we didn't elect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    If the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador had elected polticians over the past 60 years, as loyal to our province as Gilles Duceppe has been to his province, Quebec, there would be no jurisdiction in the G8 Economic World as Wealthy and Economically viable as the province of NL could have been.

  • Robbie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Think about your statements here Ashley:

    ''I have met many a Quebecker who have judged me solely on the fact that I am a Newfoundlander.''

    ''They'd probably be bureaucratic as is in their nature...''

    Just saying...

  • Lab12
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Why do people think that Labrador will want to remain part of Newfoundland by the time the Upper Churchill contract expires? The people of Labrador carried the Island for years, yet the people of the Island will not return a dime to pave our roads, keep us from fair Air Ambulance Service and access at a dangerous level. But you sure want our resources and taxes to pave your roads and pay your high wages and health care CEO. Once we vote to leave you things will change for the little rock. We will be selling our minerals and power to fund our people, not yours.

  • Keith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    We are long overdue for a Seccession From Canada Act - an act which clearly defines Canada's expectations for any province's leaving Canada. It should include everything from the referendum question to be asked, to the percentage of the population who must participate for it to be valid, to the percentage of Yes votes required from those who participate. It should also set out formulae for determining the per capita assumption of the national debt by the exiting province; reparations to Canada for the economic damage caused by the political instability; mobility rights of Canadian goods and people through the exiting province (given that, in most cases, it will split Canada into east and west portions) and reciprocal rights for the former province; etc. It should also state that any attempt to leave without abiding by the terms of the Act will be treasonous and will result in a life sentence for all co-conspirators. The clearer and more detailed such an Act is, the easier the transition will be should a separatist movement (in Quebec, Alberta ... or NL) ever succeed. I also suspect that, when the requirements are set out clearly and the financial and other burdens associated with leaving are spelled out, most dreamers aspiring to nationhood will have sober second thoughts...

  • what odds
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    If Canada were to break up it would be nations cooperating under various treaties and trade agreements which would basically make us a watered down version of Canada anyway.

    I say lets be Canadian before we let Quebec seperate from Canada.

    And when I say lets be Canadian, I mean this.
    -Bring back Canadian control of Canadian currency out of the hands of private banks which have increased our debt by over a 1000 percent since its inception.
    -Bring back decriminalization and talk about legalization without right wing rhetoric about reefer madness and the children
    -Invest into healthcare and make it as Canadian as it was supposed to be.
    -Get rid of NAFTA and get out of the NAU
    - Get Harper out, Get Layton in and keep him there. Id sooner waste money on helping people than waste money on killing people

  • saltheart
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    I really don't understand why we don't have laws against people trying to break up this country. Quebec is still angry over the Plains OF Abraham and will do anything for retribution, their strategy this time is devide and conquer. Go Home, and work on making this place a better place rather than focusing your hate for English, to break up the country

  • darls
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    exactly a strong voice for quebec...not Newfoundland....what could they possibly want with us ....oh yes the money from the oil should soon start rolling ...maybe Duceppe wants Danny to turn that over to quebec along with the churchill falls ...a make work project for all canadians ...grab your picks and shovels people we need to seperate quebec.....get over it quebecers you can't seperate something that is solidally joined....you are as much canadian as the rest of us

  • hugh
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Lab12/Lloyd from Labrador, or whatever...

    Got any more windmills to tilt at?

  • Paul
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Quebec separates and within no time they will be competing with Haiti for poorest nation in the Americas. Call their bluff, stop throwing our money at them. They will lose all the north and the hydro there, all of our Churchill money, plus transfer payments, Even with that they are massively in deficit. Haiti will be sending them aid, but Canada won't as we've already paid their bills and if they left we wouldn't be having anything to do with them for a long time. Their precious French will also be lost as no one in this world will be bothered to learn or work in french.

  • Neil
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Quebec gets billions in transfer payments from the federal government and wants to have political independence....funny really. Let us run ourselves but you guys pay for it....hahahaha. I say let them go, cut them off from CPP, EI, Canadian Dollar etc etc....See how long they are gone.

  • Ashley
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Duceppe seems a little out of touch with some of his province. I have met many a Quebecker who have judged me solely on the fact that I am a Newfoundlander. A lot of these same people are supporting separatism, and I think Labrador would be a rather large issue if they were to separate.

    The logistics of separation are also crazy at best. First, they are cutting off the Atlantic provinces from the rest of Canada. They'd probably be bureaucratic as is in their nature and make transport difficult. Then there's our capital region, where I have the pleasure of currently living. Our largest governmental complex, housing a good bit of PWGSC, is actually across the bridge on the Quebec side. The Parliament buildings are on a hill that looks to Gatineau, Quebec. Immense infratructure changes will be needed, and will be costly for the remaining taxpayers.

  • Jenny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    And your statement that Quebec will end up as poor as Haiti, Paul, is based on what? Pure ignorance? Yep. Then again, with Canada involved...

  • BI
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Let them go - but cancel all transfer payments and everything that Canada gives them now. See if they can go it on their own. We don't need them.

  • Chantel
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    Yeah, let them go. We don't need them. Of course Newfoundland will still be on its knees begging Quebec for a do-over on the Churchill deal.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    A peoples' right to self-determination should be a fundamental human right.

  • Edward
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Ed from CBS; I think that Deceppe should be arrested and charged with treason.

  • Watcher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Sounds like he danced around everything except for the Labrador issue.

    Sorry, I just can't like or even respect a man who want's to break up my country. See what happens when you give special status to a group within a larger group?

    The U.S. had a large French population too, but they were basically integrated into the english majority. (No bilingualism and all the headaches that go along with it.) I don't think I've ever heard of Louisiana wanting to seperate either.

  • Jordan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I think Newfoundland and Labrador would be much better off if Quebec were to seperate. We would hold a greater percentage of the seats in the House of Commons, billingualism would not be as big of a deal, more federal government jobs would be avaiable for us here after all the lay-offs in Quebec and most importantly we would have our Chucrhill Falls back.

    Also Neil the Canadian dollar is the only thing we couldn't take from them. Quebec as well as anywhere else is free to adopt the our currency without our permission.

  • Gob smacked
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    He said Labrador existed then, not part of Quebec, but a part of the province of Newfoundland, and in 1997 when a motion came before the House of Commons to officially change the province's name to Newfoundland and Labrador, the Bloc Quebecois Party and Quebec government supported it. This is settled for us, Duceppe said.-----Yep! No freakin' doubt! That's why your bloody maps don't recognize the borders as shown on 'international' maps, and why you still refuse to acknowledge the claim of head waters in the Romaine among others!.....Quit while you're ahead Gilles!! You are a tur.....no I won't say it!

  • derm
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    When they talk about seperation, l wonder has there ever been general list of those things that quebec would lose as a result of seperation and those things it would retain from Canada after it seperated. Bearing in mind, of course, that without Canada, Quebec would be even worse off financially than it is now. And what about the people living in quebec. As residents, would they automatically lose their canadian citizenship and the benifiets of being a Canadian?

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    - A Quebec Nation Would Co-operatively with NL - To say I did a double take on this headline would be the under statement of the year!

    As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we have been feeling the - love - of the spirit of co-operation we have gotten from Quebec over the Churchill Falls contract.

    It was Quebec with some assistance from the federal government of the day that basically held a gun to our heads when there was a possibility that Churchill Falls development would fail.

    Where did Mr. Duceppe think he was speaking? He must have been daydreaming that he was speaking in front of an audience in St. Pierre & Miquelon?

    Honestly, does he think we are all that stupid?

    Yes, we have been feeling nothing but the love of co-operation from Quebec ever since!

  • BI
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Let them go - but cancel all transfer payments and everything that Canada gives them now. See if they can go it on their own. We don't need them.

  • Maurice E.
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    It is hard to dislike Duceppe. A pretty straight talker and a strong voice for Quebec.

  • fintip
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    One of two scenarios is likely to unfold over the next decade or two. One is that Canada becomes a confederation as opposed to the federation of provinces as currently exists. Generally a confederation is a looser association of states (similar to the EU). Within such a structure, the authority and financial clout of the national government would be diluted while provincial autonomy would be strengthened. While difficult to achieve in practise, such a constitutional makeover would, in part at least, address not only the concerns of Quebec but the Western provinces and Newfoundland as well. The principal dissenting provinces would likely include Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and perhaps PEI. Ontario in particular might have to decide whether such an accommodation is better than the alternative - a succession of withdrawals from Canada. The other scenario is that Ontario blocks any constitutional change of such magnitude or, at least, that Quebec and other provinces grow weary waiting for Ontario to make up its mind. In that case, we will probably witness the departure of Quebec. If Quebec leaves, it may well signal the fragmentation of the federation into smaller groupings. The province most likely to follow Quebec would be Newfoundland and Labrador. There is enormous irony in the fact that Canada's poster boy for 'welfare province' has perhaps a better chance of improving on its standard of living post-separation than most other provinces (excepting perhaps Alberta in the short term). Incidentally if either Quebec or NL was to separate, this province's ability to repudiate or re-negoiate the Upper Churchill contract is virtually certain. Moreover, NL would regain control of its fish stocks (albeit in far worse shape than when control was ceded to Ottawa). That prospect alone might do more to reverse the crumbling fortunes of rural Newfoundland than any other single factor. Indeed it is almost certain that if NL does remain a province of Canada and if our offshore petroleum sector continues to perform, the present urbanization trend in this province will become more pronounced over time.

    The bottom line is that Quebecers have the right to decide their own fate. In the event there is another referendum, Ottawa and the provinces should refrain from any undue interference (other than to ensure that, unlike NL' experience, the vote is a fair one). Unlike others, I think it entirely likely that a sovereign Quebec would be well accepted by the international community including, for example, admission to NAFTA.

    This is not to suggest that the challenges presented by a fragmented Canada, if that were to occur, would not prove extremely difficult and costly. Two challenges in particular stand out. The first is the difficulty that Canada has always encountered in dealing with our much larger and domineering neighbor to the south. Independent states or a fractured federation would be even easier prey for America. The second is that, although the legal merits of Canada's claims in the Arctic would remain intact, in practical terms our prospects for success would be severely compromised. While that might be dismissed as a small issue by some, the reality is that - assuming our claim does succeed - the potential economic boon to Canada is enormous.

  • Sounding
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    What fools attending this guys speech. Your tax payers money pay for his salary and huge upcoming pension to lobby to get out of Canada. The jokes on all who went yesterday. he's laughing his head of is Duceppe.

  • lighter note
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    on a lighter note.. yay.. free advertising for booster juice.

  • Golf Fanatic
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Jordan - We won't ever get Churchill Falls completely back. Hydro Quebec owns 35%. That's right ... owns. To get it completely back Newfoundland and Labrador would have to buy that 35% back and Quebec would have to be willing to sell it ... and that isn't happening.

    Not sure why everyone is upset over Quebec wanting to seperate, wanting their independance. I consider myself a Newfoundlander moreso than a Canadian. All of Atlantic Canada should seperate from Canada - Atlantis anyone? :)

  • Gerry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    If the people of Quebec (or any province) hold a referendum to separate and the majority votes to separate, then so be it. That is their right to do so in a democratic society. IMHO though, what the BLOC fails to inform people are the consequences post separatist election. The last referendum was barely defeated: if the situation had been reversed, & the BLOC or PQ had their '50 + 1' vote, then the new country of Quebec would have traded the provincial separatists for a new federal separatist party of Quebec. Also, folks think taxes in Quebec are outrageous now? - & presently going up with more taxing on gas & goods, & including a just implemented yearly health care contribution'. (I've been living here for four years). Taxes after separation can & will only increase substantially if Quebecers wish just to maintain the level of social / health services now. The federal equalization payments etc would cease. Any federal party in power at the time in Ottawa would see protests (and worse) from the NL to BC if they did not cut off all payments, etc to a separate Quebec. Also, what be the results if our Quebec First Nations brethern want to stay with Canada? With the potential turmoil in Mexico & Communist Cuba just off Florida, how would our American neighbours to our south view having another socialist country to their north? Having patriotic pride in ourselves by turning (any) province into a sovereign nation is one thing, but trying to achieve this grandiose idea of self utopia is naive & just plain short-sighted.

  • Too bad we didn't elect
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    If the electorate of Newfoundland and Labrador had elected polticians over the past 60 years, as loyal to our province as Gilles Duceppe has been to his province, Quebec, there would be no jurisdiction in the G8 Economic World as Wealthy and Economically viable as the province of NL could have been.

  • Robbie
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    Think about your statements here Ashley:

    ''I have met many a Quebecker who have judged me solely on the fact that I am a Newfoundlander.''

    ''They'd probably be bureaucratic as is in their nature...''

    Just saying...

  • Lab12
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Why do people think that Labrador will want to remain part of Newfoundland by the time the Upper Churchill contract expires? The people of Labrador carried the Island for years, yet the people of the Island will not return a dime to pave our roads, keep us from fair Air Ambulance Service and access at a dangerous level. But you sure want our resources and taxes to pave your roads and pay your high wages and health care CEO. Once we vote to leave you things will change for the little rock. We will be selling our minerals and power to fund our people, not yours.

  • Keith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    We are long overdue for a Seccession From Canada Act - an act which clearly defines Canada's expectations for any province's leaving Canada. It should include everything from the referendum question to be asked, to the percentage of the population who must participate for it to be valid, to the percentage of Yes votes required from those who participate. It should also set out formulae for determining the per capita assumption of the national debt by the exiting province; reparations to Canada for the economic damage caused by the political instability; mobility rights of Canadian goods and people through the exiting province (given that, in most cases, it will split Canada into east and west portions) and reciprocal rights for the former province; etc. It should also state that any attempt to leave without abiding by the terms of the Act will be treasonous and will result in a life sentence for all co-conspirators. The clearer and more detailed such an Act is, the easier the transition will be should a separatist movement (in Quebec, Alberta ... or NL) ever succeed. I also suspect that, when the requirements are set out clearly and the financial and other burdens associated with leaving are spelled out, most dreamers aspiring to nationhood will have sober second thoughts...

  • what odds
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    If Canada were to break up it would be nations cooperating under various treaties and trade agreements which would basically make us a watered down version of Canada anyway.

    I say lets be Canadian before we let Quebec seperate from Canada.

    And when I say lets be Canadian, I mean this.
    -Bring back Canadian control of Canadian currency out of the hands of private banks which have increased our debt by over a 1000 percent since its inception.
    -Bring back decriminalization and talk about legalization without right wing rhetoric about reefer madness and the children
    -Invest into healthcare and make it as Canadian as it was supposed to be.
    -Get rid of NAFTA and get out of the NAU
    - Get Harper out, Get Layton in and keep him there. Id sooner waste money on helping people than waste money on killing people

  • saltheart
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    I really don't understand why we don't have laws against people trying to break up this country. Quebec is still angry over the Plains OF Abraham and will do anything for retribution, their strategy this time is devide and conquer. Go Home, and work on making this place a better place rather than focusing your hate for English, to break up the country

  • darls
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    exactly a strong voice for quebec...not Newfoundland....what could they possibly want with us ....oh yes the money from the oil should soon start rolling ...maybe Duceppe wants Danny to turn that over to quebec along with the churchill falls ...a make work project for all canadians ...grab your picks and shovels people we need to seperate quebec.....get over it quebecers you can't seperate something that is solidally joined....you are as much canadian as the rest of us

  • hugh
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Lab12/Lloyd from Labrador, or whatever...

    Got any more windmills to tilt at?

  • Paul
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Quebec separates and within no time they will be competing with Haiti for poorest nation in the Americas. Call their bluff, stop throwing our money at them. They will lose all the north and the hydro there, all of our Churchill money, plus transfer payments, Even with that they are massively in deficit. Haiti will be sending them aid, but Canada won't as we've already paid their bills and if they left we wouldn't be having anything to do with them for a long time. Their precious French will also be lost as no one in this world will be bothered to learn or work in french.

  • Neil
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Quebec gets billions in transfer payments from the federal government and wants to have political independence....funny really. Let us run ourselves but you guys pay for it....hahahaha. I say let them go, cut them off from CPP, EI, Canadian Dollar etc etc....See how long they are gone.

  • Ashley
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    Duceppe seems a little out of touch with some of his province. I have met many a Quebecker who have judged me solely on the fact that I am a Newfoundlander. A lot of these same people are supporting separatism, and I think Labrador would be a rather large issue if they were to separate.

    The logistics of separation are also crazy at best. First, they are cutting off the Atlantic provinces from the rest of Canada. They'd probably be bureaucratic as is in their nature and make transport difficult. Then there's our capital region, where I have the pleasure of currently living. Our largest governmental complex, housing a good bit of PWGSC, is actually across the bridge on the Quebec side. The Parliament buildings are on a hill that looks to Gatineau, Quebec. Immense infratructure changes will be needed, and will be costly for the remaining taxpayers.

  • Jenny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    And your statement that Quebec will end up as poor as Haiti, Paul, is based on what? Pure ignorance? Yep. Then again, with Canada involved...

  • BI
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Let them go - but cancel all transfer payments and everything that Canada gives them now. See if they can go it on their own. We don't need them.

  • Chantel
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    Yeah, let them go. We don't need them. Of course Newfoundland will still be on its knees begging Quebec for a do-over on the Churchill deal.

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    A peoples' right to self-determination should be a fundamental human right.

  • Edward
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Ed from CBS; I think that Deceppe should be arrested and charged with treason.

  • Watcher
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Sounds like he danced around everything except for the Labrador issue.

    Sorry, I just can't like or even respect a man who want's to break up my country. See what happens when you give special status to a group within a larger group?

    The U.S. had a large French population too, but they were basically integrated into the english majority. (No bilingualism and all the headaches that go along with it.) I don't think I've ever heard of Louisiana wanting to seperate either.

  • Jordan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I think Newfoundland and Labrador would be much better off if Quebec were to seperate. We would hold a greater percentage of the seats in the House of Commons, billingualism would not be as big of a deal, more federal government jobs would be avaiable for us here after all the lay-offs in Quebec and most importantly we would have our Chucrhill Falls back.

    Also Neil the Canadian dollar is the only thing we couldn't take from them. Quebec as well as anywhere else is free to adopt the our currency without our permission.

  • Gob smacked
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    He said Labrador existed then, not part of Quebec, but a part of the province of Newfoundland, and in 1997 when a motion came before the House of Commons to officially change the province's name to Newfoundland and Labrador, the Bloc Quebecois Party and Quebec government supported it. This is settled for us, Duceppe said.-----Yep! No freakin' doubt! That's why your bloody maps don't recognize the borders as shown on 'international' maps, and why you still refuse to acknowledge the claim of head waters in the Romaine among others!.....Quit while you're ahead Gilles!! You are a tur.....no I won't say it!

  • derm
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    When they talk about seperation, l wonder has there ever been general list of those things that quebec would lose as a result of seperation and those things it would retain from Canada after it seperated. Bearing in mind, of course, that without Canada, Quebec would be even worse off financially than it is now. And what about the people living in quebec. As residents, would they automatically lose their canadian citizenship and the benifiets of being a Canadian?

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    - A Quebec Nation Would Co-operatively with NL - To say I did a double take on this headline would be the under statement of the year!

    As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians we have been feeling the - love - of the spirit of co-operation we have gotten from Quebec over the Churchill Falls contract.

    It was Quebec with some assistance from the federal government of the day that basically held a gun to our heads when there was a possibility that Churchill Falls development would fail.

    Where did Mr. Duceppe think he was speaking? He must have been daydreaming that he was speaking in front of an audience in St. Pierre & Miquelon?

    Honestly, does he think we are all that stupid?

    Yes, we have been feeling nothing but the love of co-operation from Quebec ever since!