The big question: What if Péquistes win? As a potential PQ victory becomes more feasible, perhaps unavoidable at this point, the rest of Canada starts looking at the situation.
Peter McKenna, professor of political science at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown has an interesting piece in today’s Winnipeg Free Press‘s View from the West(although I seem to think PEI is anything but West) regarding how the federal government should deal with a PG government in Quebec.
…Conservative cabinet and caucus members will need to be tactically astute and willing to take the fight directly to the sovereigntists. While they may not have to respond aggressively to every PQ provocation, they can’t back down from mixing it up with the Péquistes or fail to respond purposely and persuasively to any charge, however outlandish, emanating from Quebec City. They will have little choice but to enter the fray, in a big way.
Moreover, they must not play into the hands of the PQ by using intemperate language or needlessly provoking the soft Quebec nationalists. They will also need the co-operation of other provinces, along with federalist parties in Quebec.
Why do I get the feeling we’ve been down this road before?