What next for sovereignty?

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With the PQ's crushing defeat last night comes the inevitable question about the future of the sovereignty movement in Quebec.

The PQ's challenge now, analysts say, is to rebuild and redefine both itself and the movement.

There's very little doubt that Pauline Marois' refusal to discount another referendum added to her party's devastating performance last night.

Her party's standing dropped as the question of Quebec's independence was raised again and again.

Quebec voters were clearly uninterested in opening that can of worms.

But political analyst Bruce Hicks thinks the sovereignty movement, while down, is far from out.

The PQ just has to move beyond its older francophone and rural base.

"They've got to do some existential soul-searching and make a case for [sovereignty]," Hicks said. "And how to attract younger voters."

Hicks called Quebec solidaire the true heirs of René Lévesque.

Société St-Jean-Baptiste president Mario Beaulieu, meanwhile, thinks sovereignty was not discussed enough by the Marois government between elections.

By not bringing the issue up, he said Marois let it get away from the political arena, to her detriment.

"Since sovereignty has been put aside, there has been a fragmentation of many parties and many organizations," he said. "So for me, this is an opportunity to reunite all sovereignist movements and have a more efficient and cohesive approach."

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  1. Barcham posted on 04/08/2014 01:47 PM
    The Internet has changed the world. The new generations are no longer inhibited or restricted by borders and do not have any interest in creating new ones. Separation is an antiquated idea who's time is past. Young people today know this and would rather spend their time and energy building a society together than in building walls to keep people apart. It is only the old guard who is grasping at the straws of sovereignty as it is the only thing they know and the only way they have a chance of maintaining their position in power. It is time they understand that a sovereign Quebec will never happen and it is time to build a new society where everyone can work together.

    Sure, there will always be those who will never give up on the idea. So be it. They will be the ones who lose out in the end while the rest of Quebec society leaves them in the dust of the past like the dinosaurs they are.
  2. alty posted on 04/08/2014 02:15 PM
    the future of sovereignty can easily be obtained and should be very strong under certain conditions, there should be a referendum and it should be by city and any city that chooses to remain in canada shall do so. this will leave the important cities to be free of this toxic cancer that is seperation. i will support a new country in northern quebec, which wont make any money as montreal wont be a part of it and as an added bonus we will get people like pauline marois to leave our great city.
  3. clint posted on 04/08/2014 02:46 PM
    As long as the USA is alive and well next door I don't think THEY would ever let a new country open up on their borders. They went to Afghanistan to clean up their "interests"....Kweebec is not too far to go.
  4. David posted on 04/08/2014 04:01 PM
    Today is a great day for patriotism, for unity, for equality, for a pluralistic Quebec
    derailing those intent on committing treason and racism in Quebec and leading our
    beloved province into ruin. Now our province, our health care system, our roads, our schools, our communities, our institutions, charities and children have a chance.
  5. ric posted on 04/08/2014 04:48 PM
    The pq's idea of sovereignty is the hatred of Canada, the English and the minorities. They lied to their own constituents about how "WE" are taking over Quebec. An English word here or a hijab there. It's called fear mongering.
    Has anyone wondered why most pq ministers speak great English yet they don't want franophones to learn it. Most went out of province/country which most Quebecers can't afford to do. Grow up separatists, look beyond Quebec, there's a whole world out there.
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