Stephen Harper: "Any country with Canada's insecure smugness and resentment can be dangerous."
Stephen Harper says that a Conservative majority is the only answer to Quebec separatism. Now leaving aside the fact that Quebecers hate his guts and a Harper majority would likely increase support for separation, Harper record leaves a lot to be desired.
After all, this is man who wrote a paper called "Separation, Alberta-style: It is time to seek a new relationship with Canada."
This is a man who said Albertans had a lot to learn from Quebec Separatists.
"It is to take the bricks and begin building another home -- a stronger and much more autonomous Alberta. It is time to look at Quebec and to learn. What Albertans should take from this example is to become "maitres chez nous."
This is a man who held up Belgium, a country on the verge of breaking up, as a model for Canada
"I think we should look at more creative ways of dealing with some of the demands for change in the country," Harper said. "I used the Belgium model."
... "I want my party to consider how this model could be adopted to Canada," Harper said in a prepared text of the speech.
And this is man who downplayed the importance of a yes vote for separation and said it was of secondary imporatance to him.
"Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion"