Harper taking credit for the decline of Quebec sovereignty


The Conservative Party of Canada flaunted online about being the reason why support for Quebec independence is on the decline.

“The gradual decline in Quebec separatist sentiment throughout the stewardship of our government, a government which has honoured Cartier’s principles, is something we should take pride in as a party,” read the Tweet.

The Journal de Montreal reported Bloc Québecois leader said the statement is arrogant and shows Harper is disconnected from the Quebecois reality. Gilles Duceppe called the statement “Conservative propaganda at its best.”

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  1. Joe posted on 07/29/2014 09:24 AM
    Arrogant or not he said it and there is some truth to it in a financial way. While other countries floundered 3 years ago Canada held its own due to the federal government's fiscal policies that held the country above water (Quebec included) and they noticed that here, and realized how much stronger they can be by staying in Canada rather that the opposite. As for anything that comes out of any of the old dinosaurs mouths especially Mr. On and Off the Bandwagon {Gilles Duceppe) he ate his crow in April and is still having trouble swallowing it, and by the way soon it is harvest time in France, so go join all your other cronies at Jake Parizeau's vineyard for retired dinosaurs and chat about all the good old times I mean the ones before you clowns decided to ruin Quebec.
    1. Jeff posted on 07/29/2014 11:13 AM
      @Joe In fairness Joe, the fiscal policies that were in place three years ago were actually put into place by Paul Martin when he was finance minister. That's what a lot of Conservatives won't tell you. They'll claim that it was their quick thinking that kept this country a float when in reality, it was Paul Martin who had enough foresight to put financial policies in place to ensure that Canada would be protected in the event of a world financial collapse/recession. The only thing the Conservatives did was change a bit of the wording that Martin used to claim it as their own.
  2. Richard posted on 07/29/2014 09:30 AM
    Well of course,,,,look at the massive sweep of Quebec he made during the last federal election...Oh wait!
  3. jonico posted on 07/29/2014 10:19 AM
    In all fairness for economy he was good. His finance minister was top notch & we would be in very bad shape if it wasn't for that (like US & other European countries are trying to get themselves out of), but as far as keeping the country together, he did nothing to discourage separatism.
    1. Joe posted on 07/29/2014 01:05 PM
      @jonico Agreed he did nothing to discourage it but he is a smart man, he stayed out of the pettiness and just kept showing how strong Quebec could be staying in Canada. Transfer payments are just one of the issues and there are many other financial benefits for remaining here. Call it political goodies bottom line the new generation understand these goodies do not exist in a weakened go alone Quebec so the tide has turned, and Harper and Coulliard and Trudeau have to keep the ball rolling which will eliminate the PQ's reason to live as a political party
  4. Daemoncan posted on 07/30/2014 04:53 PM
    Anybody really surprised by this? This is a conservative govt.

    Reagan was also credited with the fall of "the evil empire", which like the separatist movement, imploded. Similarly, it could always have a rebirth (as current events in Russia / Ukraine have demonstrated).
  5. Robin Sundstrom posted on 07/31/2014 07:35 AM
    What on earth are "Cartier's principles"? Is this a daft attempt to try to invoke founding fathers?
  6. Giulia posted on 07/31/2014 08:41 AM
    The "gradual decline in Quebec separatism" is due to Quebec citizens, who woke up on election day and decided they had enough, at least for the time being, and booted HER sorry @$$ out of office...because they decided that they preferred a Premier who could perform a lobotomy to one who, according to many, needs one! ;)

    If Turner wants to be remembered as the PM who "saved" Canada, perhaps he should have enough gumption to pass a law, before he too is booted out of office, that says that as of January 1, 2015 the territory of Canada, as it is known and recognized on that day, is INDIVISIBLE!!! I doubt he'll have such "cojones" but, at some point, Ottawa, regardless of who is at the helm, will have to will have to act as the "parent" it is supposed to be and take a stand and lay down the law, in my humble opinion!!!
    1. Jack posted on 07/31/2014 05:26 PM
      @Giulia Turner? He hasn;t been prime minister since 1984.
  7. R K Melville posted on 07/31/2014 11:02 AM
    That certainly explains why Harper can't get votes in Quebec from Federalists and Separatists alike. Not voting Conservative is the only things both groups agree on!
    1. Jack posted on 07/31/2014 05:27 PM
      @R K Melville Not sure about the federalists part. More Quebec federalists vote Conservative than NDP. Most NDP voters are separatists.
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