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If Quebec Separates, The Fun Starts…
At least, according to Sun News commbox poster Dennis Peitzsche of Stayner Collegiate Institute. Here's Dennis' post:
Larry Winslow of Wycliffe College, Toronto adds:If Quebec should decide to hold a referendum and the Quebecois vote for leaving Canada, the fun starts.1. Aboriginals will refuse to give up their traditional territory.2. The St. Lawrence Seaway is jointly owned by Canada and the United States; Quebec has no claim to the lands set aside for the Seaway.3. Montreal is an island in the St. Lawrence and may not be part of a new Quebec.4. All federal facilities (and English speaking employees) in Quebec would have to relocate.5. Air Canada could not continue maintenance operations in a foreign nation.6. The Port of Montreal would wither as Canadian companies would have to find an Canadian location for imports and exports.7. Airlines would cease landing in Quebec until they could negotiate landing rights with the new nation.8. The Canada Space Agency could move from Saint-Hubert to Calgary.9. Federally licensed financial institutions (all banks, for example) could no longer operate in Quebec.10. Bilingual courts and a bilingual federal civil service would be history.11. The Official Languages Act would be history.12. Thousands of translators we now pay for would be out of work.13. We would have 78 fewer Members of Parliament to pay for.14. We would have 24 fewer Senators to pay for.15. The NDP would lose 57 seats including Mulcair’s;16. The Liberals would lose 8 seats including Trudeau’s.17. The Conservative party’s majority would increase from 52% to 67%.18. We would save about $20 billion annually in federal transfer payments - which could be used to pay down the federal debt.19. We could save another $543 million in funds currently earmarked for bridges over the St. Lawrence and in and out of Montreal.20. We would no longer support Bombardier.21. All military aircraft work contracted by Canada would have to leave Quebec.22. Goodbye to the CBC French language networks.
Add to departure of Federal Facilities the fact that all Canadian Military Bases would relocate to Canada.
They would have to create a new currency that would be worthless worldwide.
All transfer payments would cease.
Quebec would have to payout its share of the Canadian National Debt.
Many corporations would relocate to Canada where they intended to be in the first place.
Logically, their departure would be with that with which they entered Confederation.
Canada would have to maintain a Canadian corridor to the Maritime Porvinces.I'm all for a "Canadian corridor" for to the Maritime Porvinces -- even if it goes through northern Maine.
Whatever it is, it probably won't be "fun" -- more like extremely messy and bitter. Mainly because Quebec will not be reasonable about either land or finances. It would only go smoothly if Quebec were to act like a responsible adult rather than a spoiled, petulant teenager. Will Quebec be able to "man-up"?