CAQ: a nationalist strategy “pragmatic” and “realistic”

francois-legault-chef-coalition-avenir(Laval) transfer of tax points, and federal budgets by first culture. Then repatriate powers over culture, language and immigration. And finally a constitutional recognition of Quebec as a nation. Future Coalition Québec (CAQ) clarifies its nationalist position, adopting a “gradual” approach and “pragmatic”, “without ulterior motives, no hidden agenda.” Gains for Quebec would be obtained by-step strategy “realistic” as the party of François Legault.

That’s what the document reveals a new project for Quebec nationalists, activists distributed to Sunday at the General Council of the party. The head of the entourage speaks of the “Laval Declaration”, seeking to make an important landmark in the young history of the party. The nationalist position of the CAQ notably shows the elements of the Meech Lake accord, but does not go as far as the Allaire report.

In the last four years, François Legault has set aside the national question, arguing that this is an old debate that voters do not want to hear. He changed his mind since the emergence of PQ leader Pierre Karl Péladeau, who made sovereignty a priority. The current polarization between sovereignists and federalists led him to redefine himself. Mr. Legault now campaigning to completely review the Quebec-Ottawa relations.

“What we want is more power and more autonomy, but in Canada,” Mr. Legault has launched its militants. “Quebecers are tired of the status quo of the Liberal Party. And they are tired of hearing about the PQ’s referendum. What they want is to advance Quebec in Canada. That is the ambition of the CAQ! “He said to applause. He spoke in English to send a message to the rest of Canada: “Quebecers have expressed their desire to remain within the Canadian federation twice. I want to tell our citizens and our partners across Canada that our project is not separation but the promotion of a new and modern version of Quebec nationalism within Canada, “he said.

“The National CAQ project clearly stands out from other options on the table for the future of Quebec. First, its central objective is to increase the autonomy and powers of Quebec in Canada. Then, through his willingness to bring together Quebecers, unlike projects that divide such as independence or the status quo, “reads the document. “The CAQ to the Quebec government advocates an active role in Canadian intergovernmental relations. This position has no ulterior motives, no hidden agenda. “It seeks a better partnership within Canada.

“Building on a strategy that is both proactive and realistic, the CAQ is seeking to force changes that have a real chance of occurring. Let’s be clear: the way of the great constitutional maneuvers, particularly those requiring the unanimity of the provinces, is not preferred. These should not be the starting point but rather the culmination of a process to renew the partnership between Quebec to the rest of Canada. ”

The CAQ first proposes to enter into administrative agreements with the federal. The “fiscal imbalance” must be set: “The solution lies in an increased release of tax room occupied by the federal government, which is to transfer to the provinces part of its tax base.” An administrative agreement would also be requested to create a single tax return – Quebec administer a single tax return for the two levels of government. This would apply also to get a bulk transfer of infrastructure funding, to ensure that federal transfers as health take into account the aging of the population and for businesses federally chartered as banks are subject to the Bill 101.

Then would come the stage of “bilateral constitutional amendments.” To grant the preponderance of Quebec with respect to language, immigration and culture in Québec and to ensure control of port infrastructure along the St. Lawrence River and to revise the boundaries of the Nord-du-Québec.

In another step, the term “multilateral constitutional changes”, requiring an agreement with the federal government and at least seven provinces representing at least 10 to 50% of the Canadian population (the 7/50 rule). It is about recognizing Quebec as a nation in the Constitution. The CAQ also wants the federal spending power is framed in the files within exclusive provincial jurisdiction. They have the right to obtain full financial compensation unconditionally when they make the choice to opt out of federal initiatives. The CAQ also calls for a review of the responsibilities for energy development and environmental rules to eliminate overlap and duplication.

Finally, the CAQ presents proposals requiring a constitutional agreement with Ottawa and all the provinces. There should be unanimity for implementation. We talk to impose compulsory bilingualism to serve as a judge in the Supreme Court to abolish or reform the Senate, eliminate Lieutenant Governor function and give a veto to Quebec on any constitutional amendment.

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