Letter to the Editor
The Federal NDP has
rightly come under suspicion for their puzzling position on national
The NDPs current leader
Thomas Muclair promotes an extreme policy that accepts a simple majority
of 50 percent plus one vote to break up Canada should there be a
referendum. No regard for voter turnout, no regard for the question posed,
and no regard for the good of Canada, just a complete capitulation in
order to pander for votes in Quebec.
The NDP call this policy
the Sherbrooke Declaration.
dangerous policy does not apply to how the NDP handles their internal
operations. The Federal NDP
requires a clear 66.6 percent majority vote to make changes to their
internal constitution. And yet for Thomas Muclair and the current NDP, a
50 percent plus one vote is just fine to break up Canada.
The NDPís position on
national unity is problematic. They claim that the Sherbrooke Declaration
is consistent with Parliamentís Clarity Act. This is not true. It is in
direct violation of the Federal Clarity Act and a ruling of the Supreme
Court of Canada.
The Clarity Act is the
law setting out the rules for any referendum. It is the law that mandates
a clear question. It is a law that requires a clear expression of
Quebecers intent. It is the law.
I was in Parliament
during the Clarity Acts debates. I was proud to stand with Prime Minister
Chretien and Stéphane Dion in support of clear rules meant to
protect national unity. Back then, prominent members of the NDP like Ed
Broadbent, Roy Romanow and Bill Blakie placed the unity of the country
ahead of partisan interests. They supported the Clarity Act.
The new separatist
government in Quebec will do what they can to break up Canada. The NDPís
50 percent plus one policy helps the separatists. It is wrong and
dangerous. The pandering to get votes must stop. Political opportunism
should never trump national unity.
Senator Jane Cordy