Friday, September 12, 2008

Bloc Wants Quebec Nation In Constitution

From The Globe And Mail:

MONTREAL — The Bloc Québécois is calling on the Conservative Party to support an amendment to the constitution that would recognize Quebec as a nation.

Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe said he would participate in a provincial or national referendum on the question, which stems from a less formal recognition that the Québécois form a nation, passed by the House of Commons in 2006.

“I would be on the Yes side,” Mr. Duceppe said at a party event in Montreal this morning.

The move on the constitution comes as the Bloc unveiled a first television ad attacking the Conservative Party's position on Quebec.

The ad shows a mime receiving a gift, representing the recognition of Quebec as a nation in the House.

As the mime pretends to open the gift, he's frustrated to find it's empty. A narrator explains the recognition is symbolic and does not entail anything on language and culture.

"Quebec deserves more respect. That's why the Bloc has to be in Ottawa," Mr. Duceppe says at the end.

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