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  •  I do wonder about the continued (4.00)
    viability of Canada of the nation.

    I mean, two provinces are basically completely alienated from the mainstream of Canadian political life.

    Elections in Alberta and Quebec are basically sui generis. And neither the BQ and esp. the (Alberta Reform) Tories are capable of parlaying this support into forming a national government. How long can this situation remain tenable?

    Ben P

    •  Roughly 138 years and counting! (4.00)
      Canada makes no sense. We're too big geographicaly for our small populations and that makes governing on a provincial or federal level difficult. We've spent over a century trying to make everyone happy and it's not going to happen. The key is we are still trying. More importantly, we still care.
    •  The real long-term issue is Quebec (4.00)
      Not Alberta. They don't have a different culture, just a lot of oil money that makes the Albertans living in rural areas think they are somehow entitled to piss on the rest of the country. This is pure classism, not a Western alienation--look at the shit people like Harper talk about Maritimers.

      In 50 years, oil won't be as big of a deal, and they'll just be merely quirkly, like the rest of the West. On the other hand, the Quebec situation is untenable. I have to think that it's going to be resolved, once and for all, in the next generation or two. That's what makes the rise of the decentralizing neo-cons who really are willing to get in bed with the Bloc so dangerous right now.

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