Why sell Labrador to Quebec when each municipality in Labrador could hold its own referendum. Any municipality that votes to join Quebec should have its wishes respected on the condition that Quebec accepts it too. For example, if a municipality votes to join Quebec but all surrounding municipalities oppose it and Quebec does not want a corridor in its province, Quebec would reserve the right to refuse it.
This could mean that the whole of Labrador joins Quebec or a part of Labrador, or none of Labrador, according to the will of each municipality. Either way though, it would save Quebec mony on having to buy it, no?
Another thing. Given the freedom of language that Labradorians are used to in the private sector, Quebec might want to cut a deal whereby only those parts of Bill 101 that apply to the language of government administration would apply to Labrador, but not the private sector. This would mean that the official language of the provincial government would be French across Labrador but private businesses would still be free to operate in whatever language it wants to. I doubt Labradorians want their own Pastagate.
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny
Better yet, turn over all of northern Quebec to the natives, that way it will be run properly. Make it an independent Province under native rule.
Actually, the Inuit of Northern Quebec speak the same language as the majority of Nunavut. Why not give each municipality in Northern Quebec a referendum on joining Nunavut. It would save money too. Why spend so much money on French-Inuktitut bilingualism in Northern Quebec when under Nunavut it coudl just function in Inuktitut. It would save teh taxpayer money and everyone would be happy.
Maybe the same principle as Labrador. Nunavut could refuse any isolated municipality.
ON that note, why not give municipalities of South Eastern Ontario a referendum to join Quebec, again with a guarantee that Quebec's language Charter would apply only to the language of government administration but that private businesses in the new territories woudl be exempted from Bill 101.
In exchange, maybe some English-speaking border towns in Quebec could be given a similar referendum.
Montreal would be tricky though since it is not on a border with another province so unless Ontario didn't mind a corridor, Ontario would proably refuse it. The other option ould be for the English-speaking towns of the Monreal area to become a Free Economic Zone or a Special Administratige Region, a kind of municipal province in its own right perhaps in close cooperation with the Ontario goverment. For example, it might pay Ontario for the right to use its public-school curriculum. Inversely, it might share many agreements with the province of Quebec too.
This would also save those municipalities money by allowing them to function unilingually in English.
What I don't understand is why Quebec would be so stupid as to buy Labrador when it could just invite any willing municipality to join it through a referendum? It could offer the same to Southern Ontario too.
Another thing I don't get, Queb, is you told me a while ago that you did not want labrador or Eastern Ontario to join Quebec and also did not want English-Quebec to join Ontario either. What made you change your mind?