Sovereignty is not a pressing issue for most Quebecers at the moment. That may seem counter-intuitive, but I assure you, unity debates in this province are restricted almost exclusively to the fringes and between perpetually outraged pundits, desperate for attention.
Canada Day was, for Sun News columnist John Robson, the perfect occasion to pick a fight with Quebec. He went on an incoherent tirade, citing various grievances and outdated stereotypes, making the argument, essentially, that Quebec should leave because it doesn’t love Canada enough.
It was an offensive piece on many levels. The timing was certainly odd. Over the weekend, most Canadians were enjoying the extra time off and celebrating this wonderful country in a wholesome, apolitical manner. If there was one weekend a year when the appetite for unity debates would be at its very lowest, it would have been Canada Day weekend.
The rant begins: “Happy Canada Day. We don’t care if Quebec leaves.”