Quebec as nation policy resolution scrapped

I’ve learned that the Conservative Party scrapped a motion before the convention that sought to affirm as Party policy the status of Quebec as a nation within a united Canada.

Political observers remember that last year, in a move of political brinkmanship against the Bloc Quebecois, the Prime Minister pre-empted a Bloc motion of Quebec’s nation status by including the distinction that Quebec as a nation exists within a united Canada.

Policy officials of the convention didn’t want to have a policy resolution go to the floor in plenary which would be voted up by Quebec delegates and voted down by Western Conservatives that some observe as resentful of la belle province for not delivering more seats for the party during the previous election. People close to the process concede that such a move could have been political dynamite and may have had the deleterous effect of putting shockwaves through the national media and within the province of Quebec.

As one policy official told me, the gain would be minimal and potential damage significant. The policy itself was redundent as the party itself moved and passed the similar motion in the House of Commons.

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  • TJS

    Good. They had their chance in the last election to vote conservative and everything that goes along with that. They chose the Bloc so that's what they get. No more favours for them.

  • Gabby in QC

    I don't think Quebec delegates should get any “special” consideration, and the nation motion in the House should be enough. It passed. Let's move on.

    I hope the party also decides against a move by some, as reported in the media, to set up a Quebec wing of the Conservative party. To be frank, I don't really know what that would entail, but I hope the Conservative party remains as is, that is a united NATIONAL party from sea to sea to sea.

  • http://vollman.blogspot.com Robert V

    We grant Quebec “nation” status, transfer 8.35 billion in equalization payments, and they vote Bloc Quebecois because we stopped increasing the investment into arts the culture? Please!

  • http://djxtreme-seashell.blogspot.com/ SeanMcAllister

    It is time for the hypocrisy to end. Only political parties with National interests should have a place in the house, and all provinces need to follow the law, and policies of the government. Period.

  • http://djxtreme-seashell.blogspot.com/ SeanMcAllister

    It is time for the hypocrisy to end. Only political parties with National interests should have a place in the house, and all provinces need to follow the law, and policies of the government. Period.