Pauline Marois, the Parti Quebecois Premier of Quebec, has told supporters that after Quebec separates and becomes its own country it would continue to use the Canadian dollar, have a seat on the Bank of Canada so they can set Canada's monetary policy, and would enjoy completely open borders with Canada, allowing individuals in Quebec to just come and go into Canada as they please, with no immigration, custom, or toll controls. To say I laughed uncontrollably over this is, to put it mildly, an understatement.
Look, if a referendum does come, and people vote to leave Canada to create their own country with its own borders, debts, and separate economy then I respect that. It takes a lot of courage to effectively gut one's own economy and destroy the social safety net the people of Quebec have come to take for granted, especially since the borders, corporate tax base, and labour pool of an independent Quebec would be much smaller than what the province enjoys now. That's not even considering the money that flows into the province due to it being part of Canada, a river that Canadian politicians would probably trip over each other to be the first to choke off.
Facing those realities a yes vote on separation would probably be pretty stupid, but it would be principled and courageous in a way I could respect. However, a yes vote because one believes that what Pauline Marois says is really what will happen is just stupid, period. Ms Marois may be under the impression that a Canada/Quebec divorce may be amicable, and she might even be right, but that still doesn't mean we would want to have a shared bank account, responsibility for their debts, or for them to have the keys to our house. That's not being nasty, its just reality. Most divorcees change the locks when the ex moves out and for good reason. Here's hoping the voters on April 7 understand that, see her pie in the sky pandering for what it is, and deny her a majority government.
After following the news about the missing Malaysian airliner I can't help but think that this is almost like the opening of a movie where something so ordinary becomes the setting for something truly bizarre. I won't speculate about what happened beyond saying I personally think its somewhere in the water and that all aboard have most likely perished. Please note I'm not guessing which body of water that would be but considering the alternatives seem to involve a radio silent unidentified aircraft crossing the borders of possibly India, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and other somewhat tense borders I just can't see it going north. There are just too many radars, both civil and military, and even if you had some sort of conspiracy to fly it to a different destination it would be difficult to coordinate both the necessary bribes and cooperation from high level persons, and prevent leaks from the rank and file that would inevitably have to have some contact with it.
Personally I give it a month. If they don't find something to give an indication of where the plane went to by that point, then they probably will never find out.