Separatists living in dream world: critics

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. (ANNIE T ROUSSEL/QMI AGENCY)

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois. (ANNIE T ROUSSEL/QMI AGENCY)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 5:29 PM ET

OTTAWA – A consensus is forming Quebec’s separatist premier is loonie if she thinks an independent Quebec would look like la belle province of old right down to the dollar, monetary policy and intact borders.

And based on analysis of the Yes vote after the 1995 referendum, Pauline Marois could easily tap into the gullibility of Quebecers who voted for a divorce.

According to the Special Committee for Canadian Unity, which played a critical role defending the federation 19 years ago, 60% of Yes voters believed they would keep Canadian citizenship, the loonie and continue sending MPs to Ottawa.

The committee’s Brent Tyler said Thursday the Parti Quebecois is “dreaming in technicolour” if it believes a fractured Canada would roll out the red carpet.

“We’re down the rabbit hole with Alice when she talks about having a seat on the board of the Bank of Canada. Why on earth would the country of Canada agree to anything like that?” he said.


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