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House of Commons passes Quebec nation motion

The House of Commons has passed a motion that defines the Quebecois as "a nation within a united Canada." The majority of Conservative and Liberal MPs supported the motion, along with the Bloc Quebecois and New Democrats. The vote passed 266 to 16.



Among the MPs who voted against the motion were Liberal leadership candidate Ken Dryden and independent MP Garth Turner. Tory MP Michael Chong had earlier resigned from his post as the intergovernmental affairs minister so he could abstain from voting. Peter Van Loan, a Conservative MP who represents the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, has taken Chong's place.


"I believe in this great country of ours, and I believe in one nation undivided, called Canada," said Chong in a press conference hours before the vote. "This is a fundamental principle for me, and not something I can, or will, compromise -- not now, not ever. While I'm loyal to my party and to my leader, my first loyalty is to my country."


The motion is largely seen as a symbolic recognition of the Quebecois nation. But Chong argued it "is nothing else but the recognition of ethnic nationalism, and that is something I cannot support. It cannot be interpreted as the recognition of a territorial nationalism, or it does not refer to the geographic entity, but to a group of people."
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That's the most shockinly sensible, resonable and admirable thing I've heard out of a Canadian politician in ages. The stupidity of this motion sadly overshadows this guy's actions.
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They can't do this without the approval of every single province, can't they? Wasn't that what stopped Meech Lake and Charlottetown?

They try this every time the cons get in power. Generally IMO just to make the Libs look bad in the Quebecquois national eye.

I say let them try and seperate. Their major arteries will be met with Native roadblocks within 24 hours. No matter what happens politically, it will ALWAYS be decided in the hearts and minds of the populous - something the americans didn't understand in Vietnam, and something they're not understanding in Iraq.
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what a sad, sad day for Canada.
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