The Asian Tribune On Harper

Posted on Tuesday, February 07 at 10:18 by eugene
Harper simply will not be in a position to change any of the major social policies most hated in heavily American-influenced Alberta. Even if Harper were in a better position to try, Canada’s enlightened courts stand ready to strike down any poorly-conceived legislation. In some cases, notably that of gay marriage, it was the courts themselves that brought important human-rights issues to the point where legislation was required. The new Conservatives did pick up their first seats in Quebec, but despite Quebec's reputation as a progressive society, we should not forget that it was not all that long ago a base for social credit, that strange amalgam of conservatism, rural values, and financial mysticism. The Bloc Quebecois stretched hard to sweep the province over Liberal scandal but only succeeded in sounding tired as well as highlighting its disingenuousness over the connection between it and separatism. Who else was there to turn to? The NDP is viewed in Quebec as a boring troop of Anglo Boy Scouts. Canada already is a more decentralized society, dangerously so in some aspects. The informal coalition of a Quebec separatist party and the implicitly separatist sentiments of Harper’s Alberta crowd is a risky combination for the nation's future health and stability. This is exactly the path by which Quebec separatism is truly dangerous: federal politicians making gradual cozy arrangements which weaken the bonds of national identity. Any referendum on separation with a clear question, under prevailing arrangements in Canada, cannot produce a majority in Quebec, much less a convincing majority. The Bloc's behavior and results in this election, even at a time of heightened resentment over past federal Liberal behavior, demonstrates this forcefully, as do endless polls over many years, and as does the last referendum with its impossibly ambiguous and complex question. Even were it possible to imagine a referendum producing a yes, the years of detailed negotiation over assets and liabilities required to sort out a fair divorce would soon exhaust the momentum for change. Read the rest of the article here: [Proofreader's note: this article was edited for spelling and typos on February 9, 2006]

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  1. Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:58 pm
    <p>The Asian Tribune should update their bio on Mr. Chuckman. The yellowtimes is out of business for example. Mr. Chuckman writes for us as well. Here is a more complete bio:</p> <p>John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. He is a member of no political party and takes exception to what has been called America's "culture of complaint" with its habit of reducing every important issue to an unproductive argument between two simplistically-defined groups. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they happened to embrace the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling "the peaceable kingdom."</p> <p>John's columns, mostly on international affairs, appear regularly on Counterpunch, Media Monitors, Online Journal, Scoop (New Zealand), Liberal Slant, Dissident Voice, Jeff Rense, Asian Tribune, News from Bengladesh,, Baltimore Chronicle, American Muslim, Jafariyanews, and many other Internet sites. Some of his essays have been included in published collections. He has been translated into at least ten languages.</p> -------------- <p>I am obviously biased, but please read his work, it is hard-hitting and he almost always has something controversial to say.</p><p>---<br>If there was ever a time for Canadians to become pushy - now is the time - for time is running out on this nation called Canada.

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