Canada Bill Would Ease Quebec's Secession
But don't expect opposition measure to pass
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 29, 2013 8:55 AM CST
New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair, center, receives applause at a party caucus meeting in Toronto on Sunday, March 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

(Newser) – Under a new bill, Quebec could theoretically secede from Canada with a simple majority vote—but the bill isn't going to become law anytime soon, Reuters notes. The opposition New Democratic Party bill would revise standards set by the country's Clarity Act, which says secession would require a "clear majority" vote. The Clarity Act, despite its name, isn't all that clear: It doesn't say what a "clear majority" is—only that it's more than a simple majority.

The new legislation says a simple majority, just one vote more than half, would be sufficient for secession, given a clear question. With Conservatives the majority in the House of Commons, the NDP bill won't pass—but it does hint at party policy should it win the election in 2015, Reuters notes. Quebec last year elected a separatist government, though polls show significantly less than half the province backs independence.

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Thetruther11
Jan 30, 2013 12:16 PM CST
I find it terrible that people think this is "bad", or that we have an obligation to stop the citizens of Quebec from choosing what they want. Is it "Rediculous" that the United States abdicated from British Rule? No, because it was the will of people. If they want their own country, stop being dickheads and let them make their own choice, and choose their own future. The only thing is that if they leave Canada, we shouldn't send them money anymore.
Ivan_the_Gypsy
Jan 29, 2013 10:37 PM CST
The financial institutions moved to Ontario when this nonsense started in the 1960s and didn't want to be stuck in a welfare country speaking an antiquated 15th centuiry French dialect. The rest of Canada would be happy to get rid of Quebec and their nonsense. Canada's government could save a fortune alone on not having to print everything in two languages for the western provinces and Maritimes where no one speaks French. How Quebec would support its self is a mystery. What we don't need is another 3rd World country to the north of the U. S. most likely with their hand out for loans to keep Quebec afloat.
gomer99
Jan 29, 2013 8:57 PM CST
Canada would be VASTLY improved if Kay-beck left. Any Canadian will tell you this, privately.