You know, this unfortunate incident in the treatment of vulnerable immigrant workers raises the question of whether our neighbours in English Canada are really *ready* for independence. I mean, before we Québécois actually grant sovereignty to English Canada, we would be well to reflect on whether this newly independent English Canadian state would have a sufficiently developed culture of tolerance and civil society. Just what assurance would we – and the world – have that democratic norms would be respected and that there won’t be a degeneration into “majoritarian ethnic tyranny”? I’m thinking maybe of something like, oh, genre an OSCE Verification Mission, you know to monitor and confirm English Canada’s progress in the areas of democratization, respect for diversity, human rights, and to see how it’s addressing and correcting its “politics of exclusion.” Will *all* English Canadians be considered *real* English Canadians?
It’s at least heartening to know that Ms. Dhalla’s party is headed by the author of the inspired and groundbreaking “Blood and Belonging”, was a Distinguished Harvard Professor of Sanctimony, a “human rights expert” who lent his expertise to the project of U.S. aggression against Iraq in violation of the Nuremberg Protocols, and is now an earnest advocate for the rights of small vulnerable communities facing persecution and marginalization such as the Alberta Tar Sands Lobby and the realtors and drillers of Fort McMuck. But what guarantees are there that such moderates will not, in an independence scenario, be eclipsed by hardliners? By « purs et durs », si vous me permettez l’expression…
commentaire sur AngryFrencGuy, James, 18 mai 2009