The new poll indicates a bunch of stuff:
— Fifty-nine per cent of respondents said Quebec's famous language law, Bill 101, should comply with the Charter of Rights. Only 41 per cent said Bill 101 should take precedence.Reactions? Well, 41 percent thinking Bill 101 should take precedence over the Charter of Rights means that the PQ is right to obsess. If they can get 40% of the vote, first past the post plus a third party should mean getting into office, right? So, a majority of folks are fine with the Charter of Rights being paramount, but the political incentives point elsewhere for at least one party. Sometimes, I hate being a cynical political scientist.
— A strong majority of those surveyed, 69 per cent, said the Constitution should be reopened eventually to include Quebec and 73 per cent said they hope to see it recognize Quebec as a nation and grant the province more autonomy.
— However, 77 per cent also said they want a moratorium of the constitutional debate.
— Seventy-one per cent called the sovereignty debate outdated.
— Seventy-six per cent expressed pride in being Canadian, while 83 per cent expressed pride in being a Quebecer. Sixty-three per cent expressed pride in being both.
I love that super-majorities favor Quebec being included in the Constitution but don't want this debate to take place anytime soon. This is most rational. Yes, the situation should be fixed, but the process is so messy that we ought to kick the can down the road.
Seventy-one percent think sovereignty debate is outdated! Well, that kind of makes all PQ and more extreme Quebec nationalist claims kind of silly. Hard to get 50% plus one if 2/3s of the folks don't want the debate at all. Of course, thus far, I have not been that compelled by the math skills of many politicians here (and, yes, I am contradicting my assertion above about 40% on Bill 101).
And the real key is that most folks are fine being both Quebeckers and Canadians. Just as most Texans are also fine with being Americans. Well, except for Rick Perry sometimes.