Its fun to watch the Liberals scream FIRE over the NDP and Jack Layton's comments on the constitution. It seems the Liberals' have no plan or any intention of working with Quebec, the only province not to sign onto the constitution. Layton and company have made it clear. If we want to maintain a united Canada, we need to provide the winning conditions for both Canada and Quebec in Quebec.This is the words of a blogger who runs the site "Queer Thoughts," an obvious Dipper with a bone to pick over the Liberal Party's positions on Quebec, which are apparently patronizing and Toronto-based and yada yada yada.
Its the right position to take. It is dramatically different from the "Father Knows Best " attitude of the Liberal party. The party of Dion and Iggnatief and Martin have seen huge losses in Quebec over the years to the point that they are barely relevant in that province. Still if you were to listen to the high and mighty voices coming from the mouths of the Toronto centered LPC, the NDP at worse are separatists in Quebec and best totally naive.
Its that kind of patronizing attitude that has seen the LPC fail as a national party and reflected in their current standing in the House of Commons. I note that now the Liberal party is toast, they finally give the title "interim" leader to Bob Rae. You guys are just too predictable.
Liberals of course have always dreaded the constitution issue since 1995. It was a difficult situation and they responded to it by buying votes rather than taking up the tough questions about living together. It kind of reminds you of a couple where one of them has taken the other for granted. They see their failing too late then offer up some trinkets so make up for the indifference.
The NDP are not afraid to debate the issue of Quebec. They know it is a tough issue to talk about, but that is what well founded families do, they talk. You don't sweep it under the rug. Not one person in Quebec thinks of the NDP as the new BLOC. They know the NDP is a federalist party, hell bent on the road to making Quebec and Canada work.
I would like to point out three things for this person if I could:
1. There is a valid reasoning behind the standard Liberal position on Quebec that's based in historical, theoretical, and practical assumptions about Quebec's place in the country - they're valid arguments that you should respect, because enough voters in Quebec believe in them to keep us afloat there despite your little wave
2. There is an argument to be had over varying forms of Quebec's relationship to the country, but don't kid yourself into thinking the NDP, Layton, and Mulcair are anything other than nationalists - they are not federalists, not ideologically anyways. Maybe they are in name, but that doesn't mean much these days anyways; the Mulroney PCs were federalist, and that's what the NDP are now, and we know how that ended up...
3. "Toronto centered LPC" - you make it sound like an insult. I'll be sure to pass that along to your Toronto-based leader, party president, Ontario support base, local councillors, and crop of new MPs from the area who I'm sure will love to hear you insult them more
Bonus: "Not one person in Quebec thinks of the NDP as the new BLOC" - LOL, 'cause apparently all those votes you got were just spread around by the magic vote fairy, right? The NDP and Bloc have crossed over for years, and if needed, I'll draw up a list of pundits and voters who see the NDP as the new Bloc