Independent Quebec – not so independent

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A long time ago I decided to be an independent artist, a sculptor. I possessed the ambition and the tools for it. I have learned the price of this, and it was enormous on me and my family. By my decision I became the ‘outsider,’ and not only from the Canadian and Quebec art scenes, but it followed me right to the fabric of my family.

A long time ago I decided to be an independent artist, a sculptor. I possessed the ambition and the tools for it. I have learned the price of this, and it was enormous on me and my family. By my decision I became the ‘outsider,’ and not only from the Canadian and Quebec art scenes, but it followed me right to the fabric of my family.
On the bright side, my art is making some in-roads into the history of art. But as an independent artist, I had no country on my side, nor province, not even the people of my ethnic origin, and forget the country of my birth, Slovakia.
Facing the provincial election, my past seemed alive in the sense that the PQ, with it’s aspirations to become an independent country, was at the beginning of my own road, long ago. What I do not understand is, independent of what? The Crown, Canada, or the rest of the world?
We cannot rely on France, where they do not respect our language nor our       aspirations. I have experienced on my visits some ignorance, or disrespect, toward my son’s  French (the Quebeçois), without any effort to understand him.
Think of the debates and the fall-out. Look at the money the Conservatives spent on advertising “The Action Plan,” or their negative ads to discredit any opposition (Ignatieff, Justin Trudeau), and multiply it tenfold. And look how far Prime Minister Harper is willing to go, with his rhetoric and portrayal of President Putin – and this just to sell oil to Europe. 
Was this the price the PQ was willing to pay to be a small part of history of      humanity – by becoming the Independent Outsider?
Rasto Hlavina
Luskville