En­vi­ron­men­tal sovereignty?

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - OPINION -

Re: “Que­bec re­places one fear for an­other,” Sept. 13, 2018.

Colum­nist Marty Pa­triquin pointed out that even though the is­sue of Que­bec sovereignty is pi­geon­holed for the mo­ment, it has cur­rently been re­placed by the is­sue of im­mi­gra­tion.

How­ever, the lead­ers’ de­bate held in the evening of Sept. 13 re­vealed there is an­other is­sue that is likely to far out­run im­mi­gra­tion.

It is the mat­ter of cli­mate change and the con­tin­ued use of fos­sil fu­els. Three of the lead­ers were in strong agree­ment; the fourth, François Le­gault, though he squirmed a bit, was sup­port­ive.

Thus, it is pretty clear that, re­gard­less of who wins the Que­bec elec­tion, all par­ties are likely to be in con­flict with the cur­rent po­si­tion of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and with sev­eral prov­inces, es­pe­cially Al­berta, with respect to pipe­lines.

Que­bec al­ready has an im­pres­sive track record on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, and cur­rently has many in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives in the works. If sovereignty should re-emerge on this is­sue, it is quite likely to re­ceive some in­ter­est­ing sup­port from a broad seg­ment of Cana­di­ans who are al­ready strongly anti-fos­sil fuel and anti-pipe­line.

As for that nu­cleus of On­tario grum­blers, who seem not ap­pre­ci­ate the many ben­e­fits this prov­ince has to of­fer, it was in­ter­est­ing to note that in the course of the de­bate, favourable com­par­isons were made with cer­tain aspects of sev­eral On­tario poli­cies in the fields of health and ed­u­ca­tion.

I re­ally must com­ment on the grace, cour­tesy and pa­tience of Manon Massé (Québec Sol­idaire). She con­ducted her­self with dig­nity, while the three guys nois­ily ar­gued and in­ter­rupted each other.

Host Pa­trice Roy did not have con­trol of the de­bate and I hope that Pierre Bruneau does bet­ter job when he hosts the one on Sept. 20.

P.J. Leonard Corn­wall

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