The Importance Of Quebec Independence

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Central to the separatist movement of the latter half of the twentieth century was the argument that Quebec needed to become an independent state in order to ensure the survival of the French language, uphold the integrity of Quebecois culture, and allow Quebec’s government to proficiently govern its own affairs. In the views of many, the fact that Quebec has managed to do these things in recent decades without sovereignty has diminished the need and legitimacy of calls for separation. In my opinion, these developments have indeed put to the lie the need for Quebec independence, for it is now apparent that independence is not a prerequisite of achieving these goals. That said, it does not necessarily put to the lie the legitimacy of independence, …show more content…
Since the Quiet Revolution, not only have successive provincial parties proven their capacity to bring good governance to Quebec, but also their ability to protect their power to govern in their own province. On multiple occasions Quebec’s government has taken extreme action within Confederation, such as passing the Charter of the French Language in 1976, and invoking the notwithstanding clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1988. Quebec has also acquired certain privileges that other provinces do not enjoy— such as control over provincial immigration— and has managed to elect into the federal government a political party entirely committed to defending Quebec’s interests. At root, Quebec has demonstrated that even within Canada, it is able to govern itself to a significant degree, and this diminishes the need for …show more content…
That said, these developments have not put to the lie the legitimacy of Quebec independence, for need and legitimacy are not indivisible concepts. Even in the absence of need, Quebec’s desire for independence has legitimacy, owing to its people’s historical circumstances, their collective identification as part of a nation, and the way they have approached the independence issue. Of course, not everyone understands the concept of legitimacy in the same way, and it would therefore be astounding if my stance on this issue did not generate disagreement from some. Nevertheless, I believe it is important to consider all positions on this matter, for it is highly unlikely that the prospect of Quebec independence has disappeared for

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