You might say I was against the NDP’s Sherbrooke Declaration
before it was cool. Having somewhat of an interest in the unity of Canada, I’ve
long been aware of the emptiness of NDP policy when it comes to handling the
unthinkable but not implausible – a referendum on a province leaving confederation
– and their duplicitous habit of saying one thing in Quebec, and one thing in
the rest of Canada.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has waded into the national unity swamp, with proposed legislation specifying that a bare majority Yes vote would be sufficient to trigger negotiations on Quebec’s secession from Canada.
New Democrat MP Craig Scott tabled Monday what his party is dubbing the “unity bill.”
The bill would repeal the Clarity Act — introduced by former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien after Quebecers came within a hair of voting to secede in 1995 — and replace it with legislation which Mulcair maintained would provide more certainty and be more respectful of Quebecers.