Ontario, Montreal, and the Atlantic provinces. These areas dictated who would be Prime Minister to a whole nation. Let’s get things clear here; west of the Ontario-Manitoba border, there aren’t even 20 members of parliament from the Liberal Party. In Quebec, if the majority of the french-Canadian population voted for the Bloc Québécois, it wouldn’t be enough. Why? Because Canada isn’t a federation anymore, it’s a centralized state where cities dictate and the rest of the country obey.
If the provinces like Quebec gained autonomy over time, the “Autonomy” is under the guardianship of the courts. And these courts will overturn any decision that goes against the established multiculturalist, individualist order, who was once again, dictated by the big cities. The “constitution” and the “charter of rights and freedom” wasn’t even a democratic decision, it was a dictate from the English-Canda to the Quebec, who is under the ruling of a constitution it never signed.
Because let’s be honest here: Canada as what it is now was founded by the martial law in Quebec in 1970, to be later codified in the new constitution in 1982. What was a solid, truly democratic and decentralized federation became a centralized country. If Canada still claims to be the country that was founded in 1867, it’s because it knows that the re-foundation it did in 1970 and 1982 is anti-democratic.
How Canada was able to force Quebec into the constitution it refused is a story of repression that crushed the Quebec nationalist movement. As I said, the real foundation of the new regime would happen in 1970, so what happened that year?
Small group, who was inspired by communist and anti-colonialist ideologies, would kidnap the Quebec minister of labor, and later kill him. That would trigger widespread repression and infiltration of the Quebec nationalist movement. The same month, the military did a show of force in Montreal’s streets and 500 known nationalist activists were arrest without any reasons given by the police since martial law had been declared by Pierre Trudeau. Hell, even a poet was arrested by the police back then for the big crime of having praised Quebec independence! Later “Terror attacks” by the FLQ would be proven to be false flag by the Canadian federal police.
Quebec political, pacifist and legalist separatist movement would also get infiltrated by the federal secret service, one minister of the separatist government of René Lévesque, Claude Morin, was proved to be an agent of the Canadian federal police. With all these means deployed, with the military in the streets, the infiltration, do you think the political conflict was a fair one? You will respond to me that Canada defended itself and that it’s up to Quebec nationalist to be more realistic. You would be right. But one thing is clear: the current Canadian constitution, that would have been impossible without the repression, was born of the crushing of the will of the people of Quebec, not of the will of a wonderful state that wants to protect its minorities.
But a centralized Canada wouldn’t stop there
Alberta also lived the same treatment by Canada, having its oil-based economy destroyed by the impossibility to sell its oil in Asia and Europe. Why? Because British-Colombia and Toronto would dictate so since it was bad for the fight against climate change. The result is the collapse of the economy of Alberta and Saskatchewan, yet they are the one who is treated like a bunch of social outcasts by the rest of the country. 5 millions of person, that is the combined population of Saskatchewan and Alberta. These peoples lived under the rule of Toronto, a city several hours of the road away from them that destroyed their economy and that they should almost recognize as morally superior.
It’s no surprise that the #wexit movement popped up after the electoral result, it was a well-deserved backlash of really oppressed people who are rightfully sick and tired of being stolen by a state that doesn’t respect them.
To be very clear, there isn’t the shadow of a book the unity of the country is at stakes if Ottawa doesn’t accept they can’t rule the country like a centralized one. The message Canada should have got Monday is clear. Canada must truly decentralize now, otherwise, history will judge you as the arrogant ruler of a country that broked because of their refusal to listen to anybody that didn’t abide by their urban values.
If it thinks locking the door of power is enough, history will have no other choice but to remind that the best-armored door always ended up broken. If Canada doesn’t want it’s centralized rule to the end of goodwill, it will end in conflict. You know, the “chicane” that everybody is afraid of?