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On October 27, 1995, 25 years ago, Quebeckers witnessed a turning point in the referendum campaign: tens of thousands of Canadians had converged on our metropolis to, supposedly, tell us how they loved us and cared for us It was the famous love-in But this declaration of love was not one; rather it presents the expression of their own political interests and their attachment to Canada, within the framework of Quebec constituted a threat that had to be managed punctually by all tactical means, even if it meant committing illegal acts and doing false promises

This rally was the source of a huge controversy, which continues today First, because it was funded in part by ROC corporations – what the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec judged inadmissible In other words, this deployment, this demonstration of « love » was in fact an electoral fraud. Moreover, the whole strategy of the No camp was based on deception, exactly as in 1980 Let us remember Jean Chrétien making this speech that can easily be attributed to Trudeau Sr.: « We are going to make the necessary changes so [that] Canada enters the 21st century united from coast to coast and proud of its two official languages » No, it does not it was not about love, but a deception

The deception is even more obvious when we consider the sorting that awaited Quebecers following the victory of the No Examples are numerous: the legal intimidation of the separatists through the plan B of Jean Chrétien, the broadening of Ottawa ‘s spending power so as to create loyalty and dependence of several Quebec sectors on the federal government, the erasure of our national symbols and the corruption of our elites through the sponsorship scandal, the increase in  » Quebec bashing ”, the weakening or corruption of Quebec institutions likely to remind us that we exist and that we can do things differently, thanks to the work of the Charest-Couillard tandem, etc. Make Quebec a province like any other, as Philippe Couillard said: the federal government’s strategy following the 1995 referendum defeat was not oriented towards finding ways to integrate Quebec into Canada, but well towards the weakening, even the annihilation of the sovereignist movement in particular, but also of the specificity of Quebec in general

Twenty-five years later, not only have things not really changed, but they have also plunged our nation into an undeniable linguistic, cultural and economic decline.Each time, in fact, that Quebecers attempt to s  » assert, to define the way they want to live, they are the object of insults on the part of the presumptuous English-speaking media from all over Canada The Canadian courts do not do much better, moreover Their mission: to fragment and destroy the law 101 and that on secularism, among others In the case of the first, the work is already well under way For the second, the efforts to undermine English Canada have set the table well

To return to the theme of love, we should rather speak of a « passive-aggressive » approach to describe the link that Canada maintains with Quebec Or, this passive-aggressive link, which aims first and foremost. above all to keep control over Quebec, undermines our well-being and our self-esteem The consequences of the 1995 referendum defeat were numerous, but one of the most striking remains the impact of this defeat on our ability to believe in ourselves as a people It is as if part of the shenanigans and manipulation of the federalist camp had really had the effect of erasing part of our collective consciousness, part of our will to exist Our main collective project having failed, we were looking for something else, as if to forget How many times have politicians been criticized for not having any social project? Yet ours remains to be done; this is the natural outcome of our political status as a status of normal people

It is at this precise moment in our history that the notion of courage comes into play, that is, that of completing an unfinished destiny. Once rid of our temporary inability to believe in ourselves and look after our own interests, we will get there

Looking back, the moral of this story is this: For too many years we have been in an unhealthy relationship that no longer works and that mine our self-esteem as our prosperity, but the other will repeat us that he loves us and that he will change when he smells of hot soup Do you believe it? For my part, I am of the opinion that this bad film, if we do not put an end to it, guarantees only one thing: our decline Quebec and Canada are mutually paralyzing and preventing each other from moving forward; the only way for Canada to express a form of love for Quebecers would be to collaborate in their legitimate approach to justice, freedom and democracy, that is to become, as is the case for the vast majority of peoples of the Earth, one country

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