There is a beautiful phrase in the novel The elegance of the hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery, which is also an important life lesson …
“Diplomacy always fails when the balance of power is balanced. We have never seen a stronger one accept the other’s diplomatic proposals … ”
In other words, it is not enough to politely ask for something to get it.
It is necessary to establish a balance of power, to apply pressure and to make it clear to the party opposite 1) that it is in his best interest to respond to our requests or 2) that any refusal on his part will result in a risky cost. to be raised.
Like a strike, a revolt or a slowdown in work.
To quote a film that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, you need to make an offer that your interlocutor will not be able to refuse …
That’s why Justin Trudeau didn’t hesitate for a second to slam the door in François Legault’s face when he politely asked Ottawa to transfer all immigration powers to Quebec.
Because Legault showed up there empty-handed and in a weak position.
Whatever the little rabbits think, life is not a rose garden populated with unicorns, but a balance of power.
He is not the one with the most beautiful eyes who wins, or the one who is the kindest, he is the one who applies the most pressure.
As the saying goes, “Beggars can’t choose …”
Before, when we were negotiating with Ottawa, we had an essential card in our game.
The sovereignist threat.
Even Robert Bourassa brandished it the day after Meech’s death!
“English Canada must understand very clearly that, no matter what is said or done, Quebec is, today and forever, a separate society, free and capable of assuming its destiny and development. . »
I remember where I was when I heard that speech. I was driving my car and I almost had an accident so this trip surprised me!
Where is this map today?
We are about to tear it up!
The PKP threat
The problem today is that Quebec is no longer afraid of anyone.
Why do you think English Canadians are no longer embarrassed to deal with all the names in their newspapers?
They know we are in a weak position.
Legault says it loud and clear: he will not play the sovereignist card.
He’s just going to knock on the door of Ottawa, like a little guy on Halloween … hoping the federal government will put a lot of candy in his bag.
Remember how Canadians reacted when Pierre Karl Péladeau became the leader of the PQ.
They shit in their panties.
Could the PKP have pulled the PQ out of limbo? Could he have revived the sovereignist option?
Unfortunately, we will never know.
But he frightened them in simonac.
This is what Quebec lacks.
Mr. Legault is a good guy.
But one does not reverse the balance of power by being good.