Mr. Richard Marceau (Charlesbourg—Jacques-Cartier, BQ)
Mr. Speaker, this month marks the second anniversary of the agreement on social union.
Under that agreement, all the provinces, with the exception of Quebec, agreed to let the federal government intrude into provincial jurisdictions. Moreover, the throne speech recently confirmed the government's intentions to continue to infringe on provincial jurisdictions and, worse still, to build Canada by denying the Quebec reality.
The intergovernmental co-operation that the government raves about seems to apply only to provincial issues.
Indeed, the federal government has never agreed to co-operate with the provinces in its own areas of jurisdiction, such as monetary policy.
The choice that Quebecers will have to make is not between the status quo and sovereignty. They will have to choose between a Canadian state that is increasingly centralized and unitary, and the country of Quebec.
Subtopic: Speech From The Throne