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end Canada

To end Canada is the primary political rationale of the Bloc Quebecois which considers itself not a federal political party but rather an ambassadorial branch of the Parti Quebecois? that carries the will of the Quebec National Assembly to the House of Commons. It does not participate in other Canadian institutions such as the Canadian Senate? and has stated that it will not form Government of Canada but will remain at most as Official Opposition? to it.

In the Quebec sovereignty referendum, 1980 and Quebec sovereignty referendum, 1995 this option was rejected, in 1995 very narrowly so. There is expected to be another Quebec sovereignty referendum? no later than 2010 if the Parti Quebecois? wins the anticipated Quebec general election, 2007?.

Numerous public figures have gone on the record favouring full national sovereignty? for Quebec including:
  • former Quebec Premier? Rene Levesque?
  • former Quebec Premier? Jacques Parizeau?
  • former Quebec Premier? Lucien Bouchard?
  • former Quebec Premier? Bernard Landry?
  • Bloc Quebecois Leader? Gilles Duceppe?

The urbanist? Jane Jacobs notably stated her ambivalence on the question, noting the separation of Norway? from Sweden? as a peaceful precedent.

Less radical positions include that to end Ontario and move many of its regulatory functions to federal level. Without Ontario to compete with Quebec, it is sometimes asserted, Quebec will simply rule Canada as the dominant province and there will be no need to end Canada as a federation, since Quebec will control it.

It is generally accepted that to forestall efforts to end Canada requires that the Prime Minister of Canada must always be from Quebec. Any deviation, however temporary, from this rule, brings a risk of failure to comprehend Quebec's position and accordingly an increase in the sovereigntist position on any matter.


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