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My Question is if the Quebecois cares so much about the right of a people to self-determination wont they then if successful have to recognize the right of other distinct groups within Quebec to declare their own independence Twenty percent of Quebec is Anglophone They dont want to be even more subject to the will of the French majority the likely consequence of an independent Quebec Two-thirds of Quebecs land area is inhabited by the Cree and Inuit nations And they predate the arrival of the French in Canada by a long stretch If anyone should be clamoring for independence it should be these groups Instead they oppose Quebec separatism Why They fear what would happen to their constitutional rights under Quebecois rule The French-only laws that already have been passed do not augur well for them Ethnic chauvinism is a Pandoras box full of nasty surprises We need only point to the examples of former Yugoslavia and Rwanda to realize how bad things can get when one group is hell-bent on realizing its political self If Quebec secedes it is unlikely it would let the resource-rich Cree and Inuit areas in the north remain part of Canada This shows the hollowness of their concern for self-determination Once Quebec achieves independence it will be faced with the same problems of meeting the concerns of diverse ethnic minorities that other western democracies must face It is unfair to assume that an independent Quebec would be less sensitive or responsive to the needs of minorities such as Cree Inuit or Anglophone Quebecois than countries like Canada or the US are to the needs of their minority citizens The French-only laws that are in place were enacted in response to concerns about the integrity of Quebecs distinctive francophone culture These concerns would be decisively met if Quebec gained its independence so no further or more draconian French-only rules would be required
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