Is the NDP a federalist party, or just Jacques' Bloc?
With two more NDP MPs declaring themselves to be "uncertain" about how they'd vote in a Quebec sovereignty referendum, NDP leader Jack Layton has some serious questions to answer about where his party stands on the issue.
Speaking recently, newly-elected Chicoutimi—Le Fjord MP Dany Morin seemed to indicate he'd need to check which way the wind is blowing before making his mind up on the issue.
“I’m not sovereigntist, but if there as a referendum, I don't know what I would vote,” Morin remarked. “Forty per cent of the population in Quebec is sovereigntist.”
Sainte-Hyacinthe-Bagot MP Marie-Claude Morin seemed to echo Dany Morin's sentiments.
“I think Quebec can flourish in Canada, but if Canada wants to work with Quebec," she declared. "We have to consider the fact we have a different culture, a different identity. If there was a referendum tomorrow morning, we will see. The future will tell us,”
This follows remarks by Sherbrooke MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault indicating that Quebec sovereignty is inevitable.
“Sovereignty will be done in Quebec,” Dusseault declared. “We will respect sovereignty in the NDP.”
Is the NDP a federalist party? Or merely a holding place for the Bloc Quebecois? Canadians have the right to know.
A spokesperson for Jack Layton insists that the NDP is a federalist party. But it's starting to look more and more as if the NDP isn't nearly as committed to federalism as they'd have Canadians believe.
Jack Layton has an obligation to set this issue straight within his caucus. Is the NDP really a federalist party, or is it merely Jacques' Bloc? Canadians need to know soon.