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It seems to be semi-official, the Quebec Equality Party is re-forming and plans to be up and running within a couple of months.
As the old party seems to have lapsed in the eyes of the Director General of Elections, it means starting over from scratch, collecting names and members and reconstituting itself with a new leader.
There are many reasons, in my opinion that Quebec anglos, ethnics and francophone federalists need the party, but before I go on I want to address all of you who believe that the party would somehow be ineffective and that vote splitting would cause more harm than good.
The reality is that we are up against the wall, all the provincial parties have in place policies that will see the destruction of our community, some sooner, others later.
As per-vote subsidy will come into effect soon, a vote for the Equality Party, even without electing anybody, could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in money that can be used to defend our rights.
An official party would get exposure and like it or not, television and radio stations would have to offer on air time that would let us rebut separatist propaganda.
But the Equality Party could be much more.
It could serve to organize legal resources for those facing down the OQLF.
It could create fundraising apparatus to challenge Quebec language laws all the way to the Supreme Court.
It could lobby Ottawa politicians to enact federal laws to protect English in Quebec via amendments to the Official Languages Act.
The Equality Party can serve, not only as a political party, but as a resource centre to counter the onslaught of French language/separatist militancy.
The Equality Party doesn't even have to elect anybody to be relevant, but if just one member was elected he or she could prove to be a powerful voice of dissent.
Remember that Amir Khadir stood alone in the National Assembly for years and who can doubt his effectiveness.
Today, Quebec Solidaire, with just two members remains a force in Quebec politics.
Lastly, the Equality Party should work to expose nationally those who oppress Anglo and Ethnic rights as well as the right of Francophones not to be treated as second class citizens as they are under Bill 101.
I have mentioned before that for English rights and personal choice to be preserved in Quebec, the fight must be taken outside the province.
For the cynics who say the Equality Party won't be effective, I promise them that they are wrong.
With the right strategies, an activist Equality Party can be devastatingly effective, but more on that later, it is not my place to speak for the party.
Temporarily, the Equality Party has a Facebook page up, but is preparing a full-scale website and membership drive. LINK
I certainly will be taking out membership and be making a political contribution as I hope you will as well.
Most importantly, for many of you, the Equality Party can be the vehicle you are looking for to get back involved in defence of our rights.
For the cynics, my advice is to stay on the sideline, the Equality Party is looking for men and women determined to stand up for themselves, their community and their province.
Are you that person?