A few weeks ago Liberal MP Justin Trudeau faced a barrage of criticism for suggestions that Quebec separation could be deemed acceptable given the politics of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Bloc and the PQ pounced on Trudeau and attempted to welcome him into the fold.
The earnest MP must have forgotten what it was like to be taken out of context as he was quick to criticize former former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff for comments that were taken out of context in an interview with BBC Scotland regarding Quebec separation.
Justin Trudeau conceded Ignatieff's remarks were "not helpful." and that "those of us who are continuing to fight for a united Canada and for Quebec's strong place within Canada, we'll prove Mr. Ignatieff wrong in the long run."
"Nothing is inevitable in politics and nothing would be so undesirable as separation," Ignatieff said in a damage control e-mail to The Canadian Press.
Ignatieff told the BBC that Canada underwent a "pretty radical devolution" of powers to Quebec after the near-death experience in the 1995 referendum. He called decentralization "a kind of way station....You stop there for a while but I think the logic eventually is independence, full independence."
Citing Quebec's control over immigration, natural resource development, health and education, he also said that Canada and Quebec are effectively "almost two separate countries" already.
A poll on Quebecers' attitudes was published in yesterday's La Presse. Support for independence was 36 per cent below the historic highs of the early 1990s and lower than the level in the first sovereignty referendum.
It is hard to argue that Canada is not a decentralized federation.
What I don't get is Trudeau taking jabs at Ignatieff!