Graeme Hamilton: Quebec election a chance for province to finally break its separatist paradigm

National Post | Full Comment

The two campaign events Sunday were in the same city but worlds apart — one at a chic waterfront spa where customers waited in bathrobes for $90 massages, the other on a gritty commercial strip where a hot dog goes for 89 cents.

[np_storybar title=”It’s all about Montreal and four other lessons learned from Quebec election campaign” link=”http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/04/06/five-essons-learned-from-quebec-election-campaign/”]

No Quebec government would ever accept the partitioning-off of Montreal, the beautiful, beating heart of La Belle Province. Yet if it weren’t for the island of Montreal, with its two million inhabitants, its traditions of bilingualism, multiculturalism and vibrant pluralism, the Parti Quebecois would have a much clearer field, numerically speaking. For the separatists Montreal is both a treasure and a curse. That’s what we in the ROC call a conundrum. One hopes that Pauline Marois will have ample free time to consider a solution in the years ahead.

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