Confederation accomplished a rare feat: the French and English, who just an ocean away hated each other's guts, created a new country together, just through talking. I bet that talking got pretty heated at times, but no-one in Charlottetown needed to shoot one another, or create opposing armies, or assert that because we have been enemies for centuries we will never work with each other to create a Dominion.
Gilles Duceppe is wrong. Canada IS the country created by French Canadians. It is ALSO the country created by English Canadians. And the country influenced by aboriginals. And being shaped by immigrants. We are unique in the world for having done this. Separatists just want to do the same old, same old that other countries have done, going back in time instead of saying to the world, "look at us you warring factions, we are your future."
At the time of Confederation, the U.S. had just wrapped up a civil war between groups of English-origin Americans over slavery. A bloody revolution, in which the French helped the Americans defeat the British, was the womb that created the United States of America in the first place. The history of Britian is filled with dead bodies, conquerors, wars with the French, wars with each other, and terrorism. I don't believe Australia and New Zealand had a killing genesis (other than the founding people were all prisioners, and they repressed the aborigines) probably because they were all English in origin -- no clashing cultures having to learn to get along in an harsh climate. One can go around the world like that, looking at past and present burgeoning countries, and Canada stands out. In Canada, minority cultures didn't create break-off countries like Pakistan; peoples of different origins didn't shoot each other until one side prevailed. It is true that in the past, the English discriminated against the French; then too the French Catholic church kept its members under an iron thumb. But neither situation has existed for years and years; fighting past battles that are already won is for anachronistics; immigrants who come from truly racist countries look upon the separatist cause as one for those whose lives are so cushy they need to fill up hours having pseudo-intellectual discussions and agitating other bored people instead of innovating and dreaming on how to continue this unique experiment: Canada.
Stephen Harper has a view of reforming Parliament and federal-provincial relations that perpetuates unhappiness or looks to the Republic south of us instead of envisioning a greater Dominion. Responding to the jealous-sibling syndrome as if it had merit never solves the inherent bad feelings. Only recreating the mood of Confederation will do that.
Harper ought to look at us to find inspiration for evolving a united Dominion. Study the territorial legislatures to see how they've incorporated aboriginal culture in their governance. Remind people how Confederation happened and how incredible that was. Share the Spirit of the North, which completely changes your feelings towards Canada, with all Canadians who've never been north of 60. Impassion people into seeing Canada, a dynamic country that unites humans of all origins, not a nation of disaffected people, envying each other, grumblingly staying together because of inertia.
The leaders energized this election in a way we haven't seen since the 1980s. But not one leader has inspired us. Not one leader has stated his vision of Canada in the way Trudeau did (Constitution), or Pearson (our flag), or Laurier ("the 20th century belongs to Canada" and first French-Canadian Prime Minister), or even Mulroney (a confident trading nation). We need that. Canada needs that.
Tags: Canada, Election
Tags: Canada, Election