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Saturday , December 21, 2013

Christy McCormick's Thoughts From Hong Kong

Editorial: A reminder of the high costs of separation - Montreal Gazette

This editorial from the Montreal Gazette is touting the same message to the Rest (Most) of Canada as they have for the last half century i.e. Quebec is essential to Canada’s existence!!!  What absolute hogwash!!!!  It is this kind of fear-mongering that has forced Canada to continue to capitulate to Quebec’s atrociously unreasonable demands!!!  This is what has made our politicians so scared of challenging the Quebec racist and very blatant anti-English policies and in our capitulation to the French fact, we have created a French Supremacy!!!  Our power structure as a country is totally lop-sided with preferential treatment for those who speak the French language and embrace the French culture to the point of denying our own rights to our own cultures!!  I know, I know!!!  Multiculturalism is also a failure because it preaches an openness that is being taken advantage of and the intrinsic Canadian culture has been watered down and destroyed till it no longer exists.  There is even a suggestion that to keep the Canadian culture from being swamped by “foreign” cultures, we must embrace the French culture because that is part of being Canadian!!!  Again - hogwash!!!

I am in communication with Christy McCormick, who used to be the editor of the Montreal Suburban but who is now the editor of the Hong Kong Shipping Gazette.  Christy, like Howard Galganov, gave up fighting against the French language zealots in Quebec.  He is now happily living in Hong Kong.  He sent me an amusing message following my last message on the increase in the Equalization Payments to Quebec and he has given me permission to circulate that message which I happily do so below the article from the Gazette.

President (CLF)

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Message from Christy McCormick

Greetings from Hong Kong, which has developed into something closer to the Montreal I left and loved than where the city is heading, and has been heading, for a long time.

Here the Chinese and Anglos get along fine. There are a number that are inter-cultural, far more on the Chinese side than the English side. And whatever arguments the French have for protecting their language the Chinese, that is the local Cantonese, who even writes differently than the Mandarin speaking mainlanders, could say their  language is under threat. If it ever occurred to them to think so.

And they have more reason to think so because as only they speak it - some 6 million in the whole world. That's all. But I have never heard the subject discussed. People here are too busy making money in Cantonese.

Granted English is important and there are enough of us here to act as a helpful interface class which does what has to be done to keep the place prosperous with and a pretty constant unemployment rate of 2-3 per cent. We all live in pretty cramped but comfortable quarters. Everyone from tycoon to beggar lives in space that his opposite number in Canada would find small. But hell, some sailors like submarines better than battleships.

Our health care is paid by the proceeds of the gambling monopoly and the hospitals while not free are almost free at C$24 a day and you have pay for whatever medical things you take away, stents and stuff. I have one free plastic lens for one eye for reading they gave me with my cataract operation because I needed a reading eye to work, but I had to pay for the other long-distance eye for C$2,200. It was a bit of a hit, but now I don't wear glasses, which is cool. Wish I had it done when I was 12. Come to think of it, I wish I came when I was 12. Of course, income tax is a flat 16 per cent and believe it or not, I really don't give a tinker's fart if some tycoon is making a lot more than I am.

I was l listening to the William's rant you sent. I must say Canadians don't rant like Americans. I think the Yanks could open a ranting school at great profit. We sure don't know how to rant. I guess we lack a sense of drama, eh?

I guess the notion of a dramatic Canadian is pretty oxymoronic at that - like an intellectual Australian or a free-wheeling Swiss.

Anyway, I think the best way to stand up to Quebec is to first come up with a plan for life without Quebec. Do you think the Newfoundland premier, who seems like a decent stick, can rethink maritime union again and live with a Canada that would be a bit like partitioned India with an East and West Pakistan in pre-Bangladesh days?  Would he find it better to throw in with the US, as PEI first wanted to do?

Ironically, the Charlottetown Conference did not wow PEI. They didn't join until after the States turned them down in 1872, as I recall. (I am frightfully old!)

One thought I had was to get England out of the EU and give Quebec to the European Union. That would give each an entrepôt on each other's turf and give Europe the privilege of paying for 40 per cent of Quebec's milk production. And we would rescue England from Europe. Scotland and Ireland could do what it willed.

Then Canada West must figure out a life without Quebec too. It would mean seceding from our national welfare recipient community, though we would lose the contiguous territory to the Atlantic. That's the big loss, and perhaps our seat at the G7 too, though maybe not. Without that ball and chain, like a Hungary lodged in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, whose historical situation Canada's plight is most like, we could well have higher OECD standing than we do today.

My point here is that Canadian’s port and starboard of Quebec must become comfortable with life without Quebec. If it becomes so, then Canada's next step is easy, that is telling Quebec to shape up or ship out. Many say, and I think with reason, that separation is the knife at the throat of Canada, with which Quebec exacts tribute. If that is true and all they want is perpetual fridge raiding rights while they talk about their independence and their Anglo apologists yak on about "asymmetrical federalism", then their bluff can be called. 

But it is vital that if we make the “shape-up-or-ship-out” ultimatum, and we must be serious about it.  It just cannot be a pothouse rant where we take strong positions weakly held.

So my idea is to forget Quebec and address English Canada. Can we live without it? Dare I say "her"?  If we can't we can return to the constant and fruitless discussion which has been going on since 1973 when the Quebec Liberals passed the first restrictive language laws. 

We get sidetracked in defending Canada against separatists, which always leaves us with neck lacerations and no progress as we hand over more goodies so they will take the knife away. Only to do the same when they puff themselves up into a snit about their latest humiliation.

Enough, already!

Another thing the Newfy premier overemphasized I think is the political dimension. Far more insidious is the steady Frencification of the burgeoning federal civil service, which is really responsible for many of the political initiatives as politicians increasingly become rubber stampers with little more influence than flag polls on a slalom course. People, you have to get around to get things done. Civil servants are also excellent at slowing down any positive initiative.  So even if we did get a proactive political class to our liking, they would be besieged by the Opposition in residence, increasingly dominated by the French.

So first, if you will forgive my English, we must address Canadians entre-nous to discover how far we are prepared to go.

Yours,

Quartered Safe Out Here

Christy McCormick

Hong Kong 



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