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What does 'nation' mean, Mr. Harper?
Date: Friday, November 24 2006

November 23, 2006

What does 'nation' mean, Mr. Harper?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a brilliant political move yesterday by putting forward a historic motion calling for the House of Commons to recognize Quebec as a "nation" within Canada.

But whether it will be good for national unity is another matter.

Basically, what it means is that the Commons will soon pass a motion recognizing that Quebec is a nation within a united Canada. The $64,000 question is what does that mean?

Will it lead to Quebec getting more rights than other provinces, which are not recognized as nations? Or, if it's just symbolic, why do it?

Canadians have learned the hard way that when it comes to unity issues, words matter.

The Supreme Court of Canada, for example, takes note of them when ruling on major constitutional questions.

Thus we all have a right to know before this resolution passes what it does.

Is this a backdoor way of recognizing Quebec as a "distinct society?" If not, if it's merely a token gesture to make Quebecers "feel good" about Canada, how will that help?


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