The year 2017 imprints a significant date in the history of Canada as the 150th anniversary. 150 years ago, the Canadian Confederation, called the Dominion of Canada, was created by the unification of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The 150th anniversary emphasizes the theme of diversity and inclusion. For previous generations, the Canadian Confederation became more of an anglophone country while gradually neglecting its francophone heritage. The French population of Canada, which the majority was generally found in Quebec, felt their own French-speaking population as inferior and a victim of alienation. Through the course of time, two Quebec Referendums took place in 1980 and 1995 (Millette). The Quebec government carried out these referendums to pursue sovereignty-association and a recognition as a ‘distinct society’ (Reference). Pierre Bourgault, a former leader of the Rassemblement pour l’indépendance Nationale, RIN, and a pioneer of Quebec sovereignty movement, was famous for supporting and advocating sovereignty for Quebec (Lambert). Bourgault clearly stated Quebec’s motive by saying, “We no longer want to be a province that is unlike the others, we want to be a country that will be like the others.”(Lambert). Nevertheless, these referendums concluded as losses for the separatists, resulting an ongoing Quebec sovereignty movement and a lingering question that still remains: “Should Quebec Secede from the Canadian Confederation?” The ongoing Quebec sovereignty movement is an ideology that promotes the sovereignty and independence of Quebec. However, Quebec should not secede from Canada due to the invalidity of Quebec’s secular charter by infringing the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the cost that Quebec will have to pay from secession, Quebec’s unclear motive and questions, and unwanted precedents that will be set from Quebec secession.
The and 1995 (Millette). The Quebec government carried out
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