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The rapidly-approaching Quebec    election should be triggering alarm bells among Anglo-Quebecers, and all committed federalists in the province, regardless of language.

The rapidly-approaching Quebec    election should be triggering alarm bells among Anglo-Quebecers, and all committed federalists in the province, regardless of language. The Pequistes seemingly have a number of ‘ducks lined up’ at the moment: a weak opposition in the         legislature, a polarizing issue in Quebec’s ‘values charter,’ and the latest coup, an unlikely alliance with M. Peladeau. Ever the opportunists, they see a possible majority government. If they remain true to form, another independence               referendum is likely to follow, perhaps more quickly than we expect.
Debating the wisdom of an independent Quebec is time wasted. Undoubtedly, there would be an economic price to pay. Our affluent lifestyles will take a         nosedive. Political strife will sidetrack energy better devoted to tackling social concerns. Many believe the Canadian   federation would eventually become a casualty. None of this seems to matter to those chasing the separatist dream.
What courses of action are open to marginalized Anglos? Traditionally we vote Liberal in areas where our population is concentrated. Many see the        outcome in these ‘safe’ federalist ridings as guaranteed and don’t bother to vote – a crucial failure this time around. Every vote counts as part of the popular vote; every vote we fail to register for a        non-separatist party results in an increase in votes for the PQ. Do we want to encourage them further?
To fail to become engaged in the     electoral process and voting in the April election is a big mistake. Let’s not let this country slip away through apathy.

Bill Smith
BRISTOL