Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Separatist Tour 2010: Gilles Duceppe

According to a report in Monday’s Journal de Quebec, Gilles Duceppe met this week with the U.S. Consul-General posted to Quebec and with the State Department’s Director of Canadian Affairs, and requested their assistance in organizing a visit to several American cities in October. The purpose of the tour, according to the report, is to promote Quebec sovereignty internationally.
Separatist Worldview?
“I hope to explain Quebec’s situation and how we see it. We already do this regularly each year with ambassadors posted to Canada. It’s the Bloc’s job to communicate a point of view that is different from what they get from Messrs. Harper, Ignatieff et Layton.”

I witnessed earlier this month. As various natives described the cause of the demonstration - the desire for democracy and self-determination, frustration with laws and court rulings from Madrid, the capital of Spain - the similarities to the states' rights movement here in the US in response to Washington overreach were too similar for me to ignore. - Catalonian Tea Party?

The conflict in Catalonia is political, fiscal, historical and cultural. Catalonia was once a sovereign nation that was conquered by Spain 300 years ago. Their culture is actually closer to French culture than Spanish, and their language is something of a mix between French and Italian. I say this because this is not an instance of a truly Spanish state trying to break away from Spain, rather a completely different nation/culture trying to rule itself.
The Liberal Party decided unilaterally to change the rules regarding how politicial parties raise funds. In 1993 fourteen political parties were able to participate in the general election.
A great summary on Election Finance Reform called  Canadian Campaign Finance Reform Since 2000: Path Dependent or Dynamic? is a must read. It provide a background with details regarding court cases and challenges in the changes. - A Separatist Fantasy land
Conservative revenue is up about 60% since the 2004 changes to party finance. The Liberals are down 12%. Righting that balance has to be one of Michael Ignatieff's biggest priorities as Liberal leader.- Mapleleaf Web
Between 2004 and 2008, Canadians will have spent $290 million on subsidies to federal political parties. If subsidies continue, either because of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reversal on the matter, or if a Liberal-NDP-Bloc Quebecois coalition takes power, Canadians will pay out another $260 million to parties between 2009 and 2013. That’s almost the price tag on another federal election fight between Ottawa’s warring forces.- Frontier Centre
Exit Strategy?
We have forty-nine Separatists demand their voice be heard. These Separatists demand Canada respect their demands of allowing Quebec to secede by playing the victim card. These forty-nine separatist ignore the results of two referendums.
The Separatists have no problem in demanding their minority voice represents the majority interest in retaining an imbalance of seats in the federal parliament. The Separatists have no difficulty in demanding the majority of Canadians stop progress, plans to adopt a national regulator or balance their books if it impacts on their interests. These Separatists have NEVER won the support of the majority in Quebec voters in any general election but they regularly stand up and accuse the federalist Members of Parliament in Quebec as voting against the best interest of Quebec. How does our Canadian media refer to the 38% popular vote in Quebec for the Separatists? Can you find an analysis of these riding and Bloc support? Where do the Separatists have the most of their support and seats? The Bloc with 87% are the most dependent on the political party subsidy welfare from the taxpayer compliments of the Chretien Liberal majority. The Liberals are next in reliance of the welfare from taxpayers.- Parliament: Rewriting History Canadian Media on Hiatus
The numbers tell the story. The Bloc raised only $850,000 last year but took in $2.7-million in public money, for a ratio of one private dollar to 3.5 public dollars. The Conservatives’ ratio is 1.7 to 1, the Liberals about 1 to 1 and the NDP about 1 to 1. The national parties, therefore, are working as best as they can at fundraising, earning at least as much, if not more, from their own efforts than from public funds.
The Bloc, as you can see from the numbers, is mostly riding on taxpayers’ dollars – most of them from outside Quebec – to promote itself and, by extension, the breakup of Canada
November 2008 Coalition
Here, then, is the greatest effect of the law of unintended consequences: Canadians’ tax dollars are being used legally but quite flagrantly to finance a party that wants to end the country as we have known it for 143 years. Understanding this, no one should ever question the generosity of Canadians, although that generosity can certainly be described as nuts.- Party financing: Yes, end the public subsidy, but raise the individual limit
I recommend you look at Pundits Guide for update information about Political Finances. It is the best non-partisan site for Canadian politics with numbers for analysis. 

The Conservatives took in $4.1 million in donations between April 1 and the end of June, compared to $2.4 million for the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois combined. For the Conservatives it is their best second quarter result since coming to power in 2006, despite months of negative headlines about deficits, Guergis and the G20. The Liberals raised a total of $1.6 million, down from last year's total of $4 million when they actually out-tallied the Conservatives on fundraising.- Media Coalition Efforts Fail To Dent Conservative Agenda
Will the Liberals, Democrats side with the Separatists in blocking Democratic Reform of adding seats to Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and by protecting the federal tax dollars for the separatist point of view on the international stage?
Will the Liberals and Democrats denounce the separatists who may damage trade and international relations for pushing their point of view already rejected two times?
Immigration 2010 First Quarter
ImTranslator 3.3.3-P (translation services)
The four main born countries  immigrants of this quarter are Morocco  (11.9 %), France (7.8 %), Colombia (6.9 %)  and Algeria (6.6 %). These four countries total  third of the complete movement of immigration of first quarter of 2010. In the same quarter of 2009, the main born countries Algeria (8.9 %), France (8.8 %) were,  Morocco (8.6 %) and China (5.8 %).

Immigration Quebec 2009- Report here.
The relating weight of the workers qualified in the total movement of immigration has an impact on the proportion of the immigrants knowing French. The persons accepted in the subcategory of the skilled workers represent 63,. % of the immigrants arrived in the course of year 2009 and 78.5 % of them declared to know French.
For year 2009, the four main  regions of destination remain unchanged in comparison with the fourth quarter, with one relating parts which get closer to those of  last quarter: 72.3 % for the administrative region from Montreal, 7.9 % for the region of  Montérégie, 5.3 % for that of Laval and 4.7 %  for the administrative region of the Capital  National.
The volume of the admission of year 2009  is superior to that of year 2008 for  African continent (28.9 %) and the continent  European (8.2 %). They point out variations  the most important among admission  in the region of North Africa (37.3 %) and  in that of oriental Africa (41.3 %).
Réfugiés et personnes en situation semblable - Refugees and persons in similar situation
Sélectionnés à l'étranger - Chosen abroad
reconnus sur place -acknowlege in place
h/t Whose dime is Duceppe traveling on?
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