Does he fight or compromise?
Marois relishes a good fight
It could cost him plenty
Marois wants to get more federal powers for Quebec. She has a whole list.
But there's no way she wants to threaten a referendum right now.
She wouldn't get it through the National Assembly.
So she'll be going one small step at a time towards independence, making demands for Quebec one at a time.
Marois wants Harper to transfer to Quebec federal jurisdiction over employment insurance, language, culture, communications, juvenile crime issues and even Quebec's share of the firearms registry that Harper is destroying this month.
These are things that the other parties in the National Assembly are ready to back. It would be unanimous. This is important for Marois. She's in a minority position. She'll only try to pass issues she is sure she can get through the National Assembly.
If Harper says yes and gives in to her, the Quebec government would get what it wants, and who cares how many redneck Quebec bashers are riled up in the rest of the country.
If Harper says ‘No' to Marois, it will be another step for her towards her goal of independence for Quebec.
Give him more rope Ms. Marois. Let's see what he does.
Harper responded yesterday on the employment insurance issue. He sent out his minister Diane Finley who announced Harper will never hand over federal employment insurance in Quebec to the provincial government.
The answer is "No!" And for Harper ‘No' always means ‘No.'
‘Compromise' is not a word in his dictionary.