Continentalism and Québec Sovereignty

I often ask myself the question: What earthly good do the Parti Québécois and the Bloc Québécois think they're doing within the context of today's post-modern political landscape?

Even the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, thinks they're ridiculous. While the separatists spend their time dreaming of the day when they'll be invited to the Élysée Palace as the head of a sovereign Québec state, to make and hear important speeches, watch flags flutter in the wind, and have medals pinned on their chests, Sarko, on the other hand, sees things differently.

He sees, first of all, a people, namely Québec, which is now a Canadian province, as a principle gateway for the capital investment from his country's banks and financial markets, as well as Multinational Corporations, primarily being channeled through Montréal.
He then sees a common economic, customs and monetary and political union called CANADA, a market of approximately 33 million consumers for his country's investors.

Most of all, he sees Canada, a country with a common external tariff with the Americans, giving his country access to a market of over 300 million consumers, as well as over 100 Mexicans, by way of NAFTA.

Would it therefore be in the best enlightened self-interest of Mr. Sarkozy to to go back to another era, say, 1967, on the balcony of Montréal city Hall, and repeat the same kind of Gaulist/Chauvenist kind of policy of that era?


In any case, the utterance of general De Gaulle, of "Vive le Québec Libre," had more to do with a sense of personal slight felt on his part, based on things that Churchill and Eisenhower had done to him regarding troop deployment in the liberation of Europe and the subsequent reduced role that France played in NATO, than anything relating to the true interests of Canada, Québec, or France.

Within the actual context of the politico-economic relationship between Canada, Mexico and the USA, we're more likely aligning ourselves for much greater harmonization at the economic, and political level, in fields such as security, customs, health, education, labour mobility, food inspection, foreign policy, etc...
Eventually we can look forward to a common currency, common passport, like in Europe, etc.. (Let's not forget that we all used to travel on Passports that classified us as "British Subjects" and this up to 1947. We could travel anywhere in the British Empire on that Passport.

How do you like them apples!!!) So, this said, the separatists should be more likely to be closing ranks with us, as well as throughout Canada at all levels, to strengthen our economic and political ties for when continental integration comes for real, which in my view, seems inevitable.

So, Mrs. Marois, and Mr. Duceppe, I ask you one simple question: What on earth are you doing there, darn it all??!! Like we say, ‘Wake up and smell the coffee!!! (And by the way, I think they're brewing some Maxwell House, and not any French Vanilla, eh?)