But IME/IMK, southern WASP Ontarians loved/voted for Roman Catholic Laurier, St-Laurent, Trudeau and Chrétien. Why? They were Quebec federalists.
And without Canada, Ontario is, well, just another Michigan; and Toronto is just another Detroit.
August, I feel you are trying to argue strategic points with emotional patriotism. That just can't work.
As I have said several times, I too want a united Canada. However, my feelings are not going to change a damn thing as far as how things are REALLY working!
It is a fact that Quebec has very different values than TROC, perhaps far more in tune with the NDp than the Tories. They are not likely to embrace much of Harper's team unless he becomes very much more leftwing in his approach.
It is also a fact that this would hurt his support in TROC quite deeply.
How we feel about this is quite irrelevant. It is what it is!
It is a far smarter move for Harper to protect and encourage his support in TROC than to try to appeal to Quebecers. He has already learned he can get a majority without Quebec.
If that doesn't make Quebec irrelevant I don't know what else does! How do our feelings change such facts?
Do you have any other ideas as to what the CPC could do next election? THAT WOULD WORK?
Or do you think Harper SHOULD try to cater to Quebec and thus lose his majority?
Because make no mistake about it August, that is indeed the reality of the situation. Your conception of the values of TROC are completely at odds with that of all of us who live here!
Have you ever lived for an extended period of time in TROC, August? Frankly, you always sound very much the typical introverted, parochial French Canadian. I don't mean this to be insulting. It works quite similarly in reverse with we Anglos towards Quebec, as I am sure most Quebecers have always known quite well.
If we are ever going to get past all this and be a truly united country we are going to have to deal with realities as they are and not confuse it with the desires of our heart.