A new firestorm is brewing over the demand by nationalists that certain lands owned by Ottawa in Quebec City be transferred to the province.
Yesterday the Parti Quebecois' motion to demand that Ottawa cede the Plains of Abraham and the land adjacent to the National Assembly (owned by the Feds and rented back to Quebec for the princely sum of $50 a year) was defeated because the Liberals didn't want to get into another 'Plains' fight. Link
But the battle has just begun.
Nationalist groups are always looking for an issue that they can sink their teeth into and the last battle of the Plains of Abraham went their way when they forced the Battlefields Commission to cancel a re-enactment of the famous battle.
Watch for the militant RRQ to take up the cry which will undoubtedly culminate in a noisy summer of sovereignist demonstrations. What fun it will be!
Look for the same sad refrain and for these important watchwords;
Humiliation -Conquest- Colonization- Discrimination- Disrespect
Ottawa needs to draw a line in the sand.
If the land is returned, it won't be long before it will be turned into a Wall-Mart parking lot or better yet, be renamed the "Champs de la Conquete" where each year a wake could be held to commemorate Quebec's very own version of the Palestinian's 'Al-Naqba'.