Careful what you wish for

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Editorial

My world has gotten smaller this summer – basically downtown Kincardine - and will likely remain so for a few more weeks as I recover.

 

Not that it’s a bad place to be – for thousands, it seems to be the destination of choice in the good old summer time.

 

The obvious question Saturday was: How many were in the Massed Band parade? I counted 198 pipers and drummers and 4,972 followers (just kidding).

 

If the pipe band ever makes a turn down Harbour Street some night, would the throng follow it right off the north pier?

 

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While we’re concerned with the lake, the weather and the pipe band and other mundane things, Quebec is in the throes of an election that could spell the end of this great country.

 

The Parti Quebecois says it will hold a referendum if elected to decide if the province should leave Canada.

 

They should be careful what they wish for.

 

If they get elected, chances are people and money will immediately start leaving the province.

 

If they were to win a referendum to separate, a few things would happen in Quebec:

 

*They would have their own currency – and it would likely be of little value.

 

*They would lose those billions of dollars in transfer payments from the rest of Canada.

 

* Thousands of civil servants who work for Canada would lose their jobs.

 

*Many residents would opt to live in Canada and leave Quebec.

 

*There would likely be civic unrest because the vote would likely be close.

 

In short, the Quebec economy would likely go in the tank.

 

As for Canada, it would likely do away with bilingualism. That would save the feds a job or two.

 

If Quebec were to vote to go, many in English Canada would say, “Fine. Good riddance.”

 

But they are forgetting that Canada might fracture if Quebec goes. What if Alberta, for example, said, “We’re taking our oil money and leaving,”?

 

Canada is a great country. We have a high standard of living.  We’re a tolerant people. We have freedom of speech. There is no better place to live.

 

If Canada fails, do we retain all of its benefits? Not likely.

 

If Quebec leaves, chances are it will lose the culture it wants to retain.

 

And it is Canada, although the separatists won’t agree, that has allowed Quebec culture to flourish since 1867.

 

You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.