In a BBC-TV documentary on the possibility of Scotland declaring independence from Britain, the former leader of Canada' s Liberal Party said that the Canadian province of Quebec will again push to separate from Canada. Some day it will succeed, he said.
The Toronto Star newspaper has viewed the documentary in advance of its airing on Tues., April 24, 2012, and note that in it, Michael Ignatieff, who lead Canada's Liberal Party from 2009-2011 before being roundly defeated in a national election, feels there is a discord between Canada and Quebec that has been growing since the last failed referendum on independence in 1995.
“The problem is that we don’t have anything to say to each other," Ignatieff, who does not want to see the country break apart, said in the BBC documentary. "There’s a kind of contract of mutual indifference, which is very striking for someone of my generation."
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Scotland elected the Scottish National Party in the spring of 2011 and the party is preparing for a referendum on separation to be conducted in the autumn of 2014. The BBC interviewer, Glenn Campbell, was trying to learn of Canada's experiences with Quebec and her attempts to leave. Those Canadians who are against Quebec leaving won't like Ignatieff's responses.
“Now, effectively, we’re almost two separate countries," he said. "Though Quebec does not have sovereignty, it acts domestically almost as if it did. And it has produced this strange reality that I don’t think most Canadians...are happy about.”
He warned Britain that once you start to negotiate around the notion of sovereignty it begins to erode the relationship and leads to the two entities becoming less connected, which he feels will lead eventually to the full separation of Quebec from Canada. He notes that Quebec already has jurisdiction over immigration, education and their health-care system and that they "run their own natural-resources development policy."
"We’ve kept the show on the road essentially by giving Quebec mastery in their own house," Ignatieff said.