The next thing to consider on Quebec referendum is whether or not the Quebecois are seeking separation or a special recognition as a ‘distinct society’. John C.
Parkin’s quote, “The problem for a lot of people is that they don’t really know what they want…” best describes the situation the Quebecois are in. In the past two referendums, Quebec emphasized on sovereignty-association and the acceptance of a unique society. During the second referendum, the separatists nearly seceded, but was denied by a slight majority of 50.
58 percent. According to an article from the Vancouver Sun, many Quebecers seek independence for reasons that are unrelated to economics and the cost of separating. It seems very clear, that if the Quebecois understood the real cost of seceding, the probability of a referendum would decrease (Crowley). However, during the referendums, the Quebecois were driven by the Quebec sovereignty movement in advocating Quebec sovereignty.
The Quebec sovereignty movement is based around the ideology of values, concepts, and ideas. Quebec wishes to be recognized as a distinct society for their history, culture, and heritage. Quebec also proposed the intention of sovereignty-association, where Quebec will separate from Canada, but maintain the economic ties, to form its own provincial government.
This proposal presents Quebec’s doubts and uncertainties in cutting economic ties with Canada. Based on Quebec’s cost of seceding from Canada, which revolves around the elements of monetary and currency, loss of benefits, and debt issues, it can be safely implied that Quebec is not truly looking to separate from Canada, but rather receive special recognition or additional benefits. Quebecers should consider the costs and contemplate if Quebec should separate from Canada.
In 2014, even the Parti Québécois leader, Pauline Marois looked back at the campaign and stated, “There will be no referendum… as long as Quebecers aren’t ready for one” (CBC News). Based on what is given, it is irrational for Quebec to secede from Canada.
Therefore, it is not justifiable for Quebec to secede from Canada.