Polemics & Exchanges

On Macleans' Account

Don’t you guys ever give up?  Sean Scallon (“Letter From Canada: A Pocket Full of Sovereigns,” Correspondence, November 2002) writes that, “From reading [the Macleans] account, you might guess that the sovereignty question in Quebec has been solved . . . that is what Canada’s establishment, from Macleans on down, would like to believe.”

What the Macleans article said, however, was “So, is Canada saved?  Of course.  No doubt about it.  And can I get you interested in a swath of fine, pristine, just seasonally flooded piece of real estate in southern Louisiana?”  The sarcasm may be about as subtle as a speech by Andrei Vyshinsky, but even the most pointy-headed reader could not miss it.

To describe Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s maneuvers as “Lincolnesque” is bizarre.  Imagine Lincoln handing out millions in grants to save bankrupt Southern plantations, insisting that all federal facilities in the South hire only whites, and directing the U.S. Postal Service to refer to Southern states as being in the “CSA,” even while they remain part of the United States.

        —Lionel Albert
Knowlton, PQ

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