Quote: Originally Posted by Rick van Opbergen
Can Quebec survive if it seperates from the rest of Canada?
The answer has already been written if you look to the South! The Confederate States of America tried to break away from the Central Federal Government and failed! Yes, I know there was a civil war and some old dodering fools still debate it on courthouse Lawns here in the South! But the central question is whether or not a province or state can break away from the Federal Realm and go it alone! The Tax and Military system of the South caused its own defeat as well as the lack of infastructure needed to build a nation!
Is Quebec ready to assume these functions?
1. Diplomatic infastructure (Embassies, ambassadors, treatys,
UN membership etc.)
2. Run the postal and communications systems as per the ITU?
3. Develop a currency and banking system?
4. Trade issues such as NAFTA, Hydroelectric Power, border protection and Customs.
5. Defense commitments.
6. Extra territorality issues such as traffic between the maritimes and Ontario.
7. First Nation treaties and resposibilities, especially in the North Country.
From the South looking North, the Maritimes could be politically isolated and with the economy of Maritimes never being its strong suit, what would happen if the Federal Hegemony would lead to neglect or abandonment?
The provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia could pull the new Canada's Plough with its strong economies but what about the marginally weak areas where Federal Subsidies mean the difference between profit or loss on the personal scale?
To join the US is almost impossible T. Rex considering what it would take to create an Organic Act! With the National Debt of the US approaching 7 Trillion Dollars we have some tough decisions to make here and the assumption of any more territory is highly unlikely. (IRAQ is being cut loose as fast as we can put the tanks in reverse and get some govt trained to take over, we don't need 95 million Iraqi-americans) Our Trust Territory in the Pacific, The Republic of the Marshall Islands has been given its freedom as per the UN mandate and they still want to be part of the US, boy are we having PUMP money in those islands! They still use the US Postal system, US currency and the Prime Minister of the Republic has sent Washington a letter asking for Continued Status as a Trust Territory, please send money.
I hate to dispel the notion the US is looking for more territory, but the sense on the street says we have enough and Canada would probably have to merge to take us over if anything went terribly wrong. We don't need more politicians just added to our woes and especially if Quebec decides to break up the 2 country system which keeps North America in check with a system that has worked for 200 years+.