Bill 62: Lib­er­als play­ing with fire

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

On two prior oc­ca­sions — Bill 22 on lan­guage and on con­sti­tu­tional re­form — past Lib­eral gov­ern­ments in Que­bec have made an ef­fort to ap­peal to and ap­pease Que­bec na­tion­al­ists.

In both cases, the na­tion­al­ists, led by the PQ, ar­gued that the Lib­eral pro­pos­als did not go far enough, and were suc­cess­ful in play­ing iden­tity pol­i­tics to de­feat the Lib­er­als.

Bill 62 risks stir­ring up the hor­net’s nest once again. With the rise of sep­a­ratist move­ments in Europe, the Que­bec Lib­er­als are once again play­ing with fire. Those who for­get the past are con­demned to re­live it.

Andrew H. Heft, Mon­treal

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