This is Canada on Centralism:
I do not want New Brunswick to be a clone of Ontario. What is the justification for Gerard Kennedy's national standards on education? Education is a provincial jurisdiction. There is no need for federal intervention. There are many ways to educate children and young adults. It varies from one jurisdiction to an other. It's not an exact science.
As an Acadien, I don't want some Torontonian telling me how to educate my children.
The federal government has many powers, but education is not one of them.
What is next for Gerard Kennedy, federal standards for drinking water (as the Toronto Star has advocated)? Perhaps we need national standards for the width of sidewalks...
Enough! We shouldn't need a new round of constitutional talks. But at least respect the federalism we currently have!
Quebec is most probably going to the polls in early December. Imagine Kennedy advocating federal standards during his convention speech, at the height of the Quebec election campaign. Imagine all those English Canadians cheering on.
Now imagine Quebeckers saying non-merci, rolling there eyes and voting PQ.