The Evidence Is Undeniable: Under Justin Trudeau, Canada Is Already Starting To Break Apart
By Spencer Fernando, Exclusive to the National Citizens Coalition
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There are legitimate reasons to criticize any government, including the past government of Stephen Harper.
However, one thing is absolutely clear about Harper's time in office:
National Unity was protected.
Support for separatism in Quebec imploded, with the PQ being decimated and elections being fought mostly between the federalist Quebec Liberals and the CAQ – who have said separatism is not on the table.
And there was nary a mention of separation in Alberta, with the Harper government seen as a strong supporter of the energy industry, while also supporting the Quebec aerospace industry and the Ontario auto industry. By showing support for key industries throughout all parts of the nation, while also respecting provincial jurisdiction, the Harper government managed to help make Canada more unified.
Now, all of that has changed.
Just consider this from a recent Canadian Press article titled “Bloc on the rise, along with calls for separation in Alberta.”
“The Bloc was almost defunct 18 months ago, but under the leadership of former Quebec provincial politician Yves-Francois Blanchet, the party is making a significant comeback. Polls and seat projections suggest it might win 20 seats or more in Quebec, up from 10 in 2015 and just four in 2011.”
And this from Alberta political scientist Duane Bratt:
"If there is a Liberal government with no seats in Alberta or Saskatchewan, it's going to be a problem because Alberta won't even have a seat at the cabinet table.
If Scheer wins the most seats and seeks to form a government, all of his potential partners have said they couldn't abide by Conservative promises to kill the carbon tax and reverse changes to federal environmental-assessment legislation governing major projects.
He won't be able to make any of those changes. For many voters in the West, you either have a Liberal government you actively opposed or a Conservative government you strongly supported but is unable to deliver anything you want. What does that look like for governance? I don't have any answers but it's something that's been bothering me."
The fact that Canada is now at this very dangerous crossroads is an indictment of Justin Trudeau’s failed leadership.
Trudeau inherited a united country, with almost no risk of separation.
And he could have copied the approach of the Harper government, which is to show support for every key industry in Canada’s provinces, without showing favouritism.
For example, though some people in Quebec don’t like seeing pipelines built, it wouldn’t be a national unity crisis so long as Quebec felt their key industries were also being supported.
In the same way, many people in Alberta don’t like subsidies to Bombardier, but would be alright with it so long as Canada’s energy industry was able to build pipelines and get the oil to new markets.
However, Trudeau instead chose to impose regulations and restrictions that severely damaged the energy industry, while continuing to provide more and more support to Quebec companies. He also imposed the carbon tax on unwilling provinces, even after people decisively voted for Premiers who pledged to oppose it.
Yet, amazingly enough, not only has this caused separatism to rise in the West, but the Separatist Bloc is also surging in Quebec at the exact same time.
This means that Canada is increasingly at risk of breaking up, and if Trudeau somehow holds onto power, all bets are off.
Make no mistake: These are incredibly dangerous times for our country.
Spencer Fernando is one of the most popular and prolific political writers and independent journalists in Canada. He is an Election Fellow for the National Citizens Coalition. For more from Spencer, visit his website, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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