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Patriquin pointed out that even though the issue of Quebec sovereignty is pigeonholed for the moment, it has currently been replaced by the issue of immigration.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