Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Common Future of Canada and Britain

Whilst Mark Steyn has engaged in the frothiest, most superficial analysis of the Canadian election for his readership Down Under, Kevin Michael Grace provides a rather more serious analysis of the result, and concludes, echoing Peter Brimelow, that the days of federal Canada may now be numbered.
Grace writes that,
"In any event, the National Question is being answered. Like all open marriages, Canada’s union is doomed. Quebec has become a nation-state, and the Confederation of Canada is now nothing more than a not particularly convenient administrative convenience. "
Nations and peoples have no existential right to exist - if I can be excused the vanity of quoting myself, a phrase I have used before to describe this phenomenon is 'Has anyone heard how the Partians, the Medes and the Elamites are getting on right now?'
If Canada ceases to exist, it will be because of ethnic pandering to Quebecois nationalism; and that great whirring sound you can hear is General Wolfe spinning in his grave.
Canada will have forgotten what it was, what it was about. Perhaps it was only ever an artifice, a legal creation as opposed to a nation, much like its British parent, whose day may also be done.
Given that it was an entity cobbled together from nations which were both culturally and historically very different, the UK has actually done very well for itself. However, it required common goals in order to succeed as a single unit. Having to work together abroad for the purposes of Empire may have provided such a rationale; as did not having to speak to each other at home.
With those uniting elements gone, it's not hard to see how Scottish nationalist sentiment, which has rarely been the preserve of the poor, has risen.
If things keep going the way they are, Grace has anticipated that Monday's election will be the last federal election in Canadian history.
If things continue the way they are going in the UK, I would anticipate that the 2005 General Election will be the last but one.


Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Naw. All the hand-wringers would prevent that from happening.

Dispite our differences, we are a nation. I think I learned that through blogging.
I've discovered that people -- from Vancouver to PEI and even here in my city -- share the same concerns and ideas and hopes for the country. I didn't know that before.
Is that enough for a country to survive? Yes, especially now when communication is so easy despite great distances, I think it is.

At one time, we were this vast expanse with populated pockets dotting the landscape. What happened in Vancouver meant nothing to people living in St. John's. Obviously our immediate communities will always be our most important concern, but I think we are more aware of other parts of the country, and I think it matters to us now what happens in other parts of the country.
I don't see that giving the provinces more control over areas that are constitutionally part of their jurisdiction will necessarily weaken the federation. Allowing the provinces to establish their priorities and serve their constituencies as they see fit might diversify the nation more, but instead of being like squabbling children, the provinces might become more respectful of each other.
The federal government would be stronger in the areas of its own jurisdiction if they quit meddling in provincial jurisdiction and hopefully the provinces would respond by being less acrimonious.

25 January, 2006 20:04  

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