I Remember

For some years I have lived in Québec as a friendly alien from the United States, traveling from time to time back to my native Minnesota and other states to practice law in my fields of interest.  I am married to a French-Canadian wife who is a member of the bar and mairesse of our country village.  Together we have raised our bilingual children of dual citizenship.  I was involved in helping to defuse by effective legal means the separatist crisis which posed a very real threat of civil war between Québec and Anglo-Canada.  Québec now enjoys the security of the Confederation, yet has the option of independence.  She has an adjudicated right of secession from the Union in certain circumstances.  Her flag alone, without the federal banner, flies from her parliament building.  And she has constitutional standing as a distinct society and a nation within Canada.  Both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition in Ottawa are honest friends of Québec.  The hostility between Québec and Anglo-Canada, which once came close to unleashing hatred and spilling blood, is now a thing of the past, mercifully dormant, thankfully forgotten.  The Union waxes strong from sea to sea.  Canada did right in 1995-2000 what the United States did wrong in 1860-65.  Both Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun would have been edified by what I watched unfold before my very eyes.


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