The Honest Broker
What a difference a year can make. It wasn't all that long ago that the leading contender for the federal Liberal leadership tweeted that he could be persuaded to support Quebec separation under the threats to Canadian values he views emanating from the Conservative-led government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. That was back when the Liberals were struggling with their diminished prospects after the last federal election that brought the Conservatives a majority government.
"There is a way of viewing social responsibility, openness to others,
a cultural pride here in Quebec that is necessary to Canada," he said
during a talk with host Franco Nuovo, nationalist Quebec
"And I always say that if I ever believed Canada was really the
Canada of Stephen Harper and we were going against abortion and going
against gay marriage, and we were going backward in 10,000 different
ways, maybe I'd think of wanting to make Quebec a country."
During the talk show Nuovo expressed surprise at Trudeau's
remarks, leading the man to add: "Oh yes, absolutely. If I no longer
recognized Canada, I know my own values."
Labels: Canada, Controversy, Democracy, Human Relations, Hypocrisy, Quebec