Imagine this:

ISIS and its supporters successfully invade the United States, overthrow the government and take over, instituting a regime in accordance with its warped views of Islam. Americans are forced to live accordingly, with the goal of being assimilated. But to placate Americans in the hope of staving off perpetual revolution, the ISIS government allows Americans to keep using the English language on signs and in some workplaces, telling them they will still have their unique identity thanks to this language right. America then becomes just another caliph in a Muslim Empire.

Do you think Americans would ever stop fighting to regain their independence and sovereignty? Or would many of them happily accept the new regime and, in fact, fight to support it?

OK, you don’t have to answer. We all know that Americans would never accept such an arrangement, be it for a year or 300 years. They would fight by every means possible, with weapons or through the electoral process, to make America a sovereign nation again.

How about Canadians? What if ISIS and company took over Canada (and no other country intervened)? Would Canadians fight, or assimilate?

Well, the answer is certainly not a given. Canadians are a pretty docile bunch. The majority would probably adjust to the new reality, and go with the flow, however terrible it was.

How about Quebecers? Well, that answer is a given: the majority would not fight for their independence, either by taking up arms or through the electoral process — if the latter were an option.

How do we know this? Because French Quebecers have had — and still have — the political option of regaining their sovereignty by making Quebec an independent country, and have turned it down in two referendums. Yes, the federal government — the Crown — placated them by allowing them to make French the official language in Quebec, and giving them the idea that they live in a nation within a nation.

And that seems to be enough for the majority of French Quebecers, who don’t want to rock Her Majesty’s Canadian boat. Recent polls have shown that the majority don’t support the idea of sovereignty.

The words of Serge Fiori in the song Cramp au cerveau come to mind: “I’m gonna dress you up like the Mother Queen/Fuck you up like you’ve never seen.”

True, in a separate Quebec, life probably wouldn’t change significantly — even if anti-sovereignists, both French and English, say Quebecers will be poorer. Much of the world — including Quebec — is more of a melting pot than ever before. It’s debatable just how much of the traditional Québécois identity still exists, especially among many young people. But certainly, many of the older Québécois feel there is enough to preserve that warrants an independent Quebec.

Whatever the case, I find it hard to believe that any French Quebecers would be opposed to a sovereign Quebec. They seem to lack pride in their heritage and come across like so many typical docile Canadians, more interested in taking selfies and posting them to Instagram. They seem to be selling out.

As for some of the province’s Liberal politicians, the word “traitors” comes to mind when they fight against sovereignty, figuratively clubbing sovereignists with Her Majesty’s federal propaganda. And I bet they would just as easily surrender to the likes of ISIS, and tell the people it is to their benefit to go along with their new federal masters.

— Jillian

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