Click here – Dan Delmar: Why sovereignty withered under Stephen Harper
An interesting read. Some of the points were lightly touched upon in the previous post, and in other posts I had written.
It will be interesting to see how a new government juggles these same sorts of issues.
I would be lying if I said it wasn’t important or a concern.
In a nutshell, in the realm of Federal-provincial relations with Québec on the constitutional (and symbolic) front, Harper used an approach which had never before been tried by a Federal government. Perhaps he did much of the leg work and laying of foundations which may serve as a road-map for the incoming government.
I’m sure a new government will want to do some tweaking of their own, but at least there are some time-tried lessons already left by the Harper government on which they can build (ie: the wheel doesn’t need to be reinvented, and time does not need to be wasted by trying different approaches with an uncertain outcome).
When I said that it will be interesting to see how a new government juggles these same sorts of issues, perhaps “interesting” is an understatement.
The 2018 provincial election may not seem that far away, but in terms of politics, a lot can always change in a very short period of time (five weeks ago, who would have ever thought we would be where we are today).
POST EDIT, so as to clarify where I share views with the article:
The focus which I honed in on was the fact that the Federal government staying out of provincial jurisdiction — unless invited by a provincial government to share in asymetric collaboration in domains of provincial jurisdiction — (in addition to gestures towards Canada’s French fact, albeit modest in nature) helped to temper the sovereignty debate.
There are lessons to be had here.
Seats up but share of popular vote flat. So gains reflect vote splits, not increase in support.
When reading the article, my focus was more on the fact that respecting federal-provincial jurisdiction — unless specifically invited by the provincial government to partake in provincially managed jurisdiction — (and measured gestures towards Canada’s French fact, as small as they were) helped to temper the sovereignty debate.
It’s a point which should not be neglected, and which should be learned from.
I agree it did not lead to wider support for the Conservative party in Quebec in and of itself.
Agree on those points.