Trudeau takes a knee to the province of Quebec
Rex Murphy of the National Post reported last month that the past few days have been very enlightening. Especially around Quebec’s Bill 96 and the attempt to unilaterally alter the Canadian constitution.
After the bill’s introduction in the Quebec legislature, Prime Minister Trudeau almost breathlessly announced that it was “perfectly legitimate” for one province to alter the constitution of the entire nation. In particular that Quebec, which did not sign the Constitution Act, is nonetheless endowed with the singular privilege of the power to amend it.
From which I derive a new principle of constitutional law — herewith: that the only province which did not and has not signed the Constitution Act has the right to, unilaterally, amend the constitution.
And the corollary to that principle is that any and all provinces which have signed that act cannot unilaterally or otherwise amend the constitution.
There’s a boatload of words to describe this state of affairs. There’s odd, strange, arcane, puzzling, illogical, oxymoronic, mind-numbing, and believe me I could add 20 more and still have a full supply left over. Read the FULL COLUMN
of the most valuable lessons my father taught me was that I am not obliged to play poker when someone pulls out a deck of cards. When I was a young man learning the world’s ways, the advice saved me a lot of money.
Quebec’s Bill 96 is a deck of cards. No one is obliged to play. Quebec’s moves to make the province French only and to demand nationhood are not surprising. One can never satisfy a blackmailer.
A provincial law cannot change our constitution. Legal convention holds that if a provincial statute conflicts with the constitution, the constitution shall prevail. That has been writ in stone since the BNA Act became law in 1867. Furthermore, the 1982 Constitution Act Section 5 lays out how constitutional changes may be made. No province can unilaterally change the constitution.
Trudeau’s advisors are aware of these conventions and are ignoring them because he has to take the focus off the horrendous economic crisis he has created. He can’t trigger an election with inflation and unemployment high. He needs a distraction.
The eight provinces (except Quebec and New Brunswick) can declare themselves English language provinces and demand repeal of the Official Languages Act and the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. Repeal of those acts does not affect the constitution.
No more French-language labelling and no more singing the anthem in two languages.
Accommodation for French-speaking minorities is off the table. Quebec has mistreated English-speaking minorities for decades. It is time to smoke the bears out of their den.
When Pierre Trudeau, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin were in power, they did not press Quebec’s demands too far for fear of a backlash. As a result, Chretien underestimated Quebec’s fervour and almost lost a 1995 separation referendum.
25 years later, English-speaking Canada will no longer work to keep Quebec in confederation. Quebec’s unconstitutional signage laws are one of many factors behind the change.
Justin Trudeau has no sound political instincts or diplomatic skills. He consorts with criminals. He has no respect for the law or democratic governance.
English-speaking people must demand that the federal government protect their interests and repeal the Official Languages Act. Failing to do so will create a constitutional crisis. Quebec has played the part of a blackmailer for far too long.
Accommodation and appeasement are over.
Contact your provincial member and demand action to counter Quebec’s demands. Contact you member of parliament and order repeal of the Official Languages Act in response to Quebec’s threats. The louder and oftener we yell, the quicker we can get back to sanity.