Stephen Harper answers questions regarding his motion to recognize the Québécois “as a nation in a united Canada”. The House of Commons unanimously supported Harper’s motion.
We often forget it was French-speaking Canadians that founded Canada, it was French-speaking Canadians who were the first people to call themselves Canadians, the first group of people who had a vision of a country from coast to coast.
This is an important opportunity to reconcile ourselves to that reality. It is important for national unity … it forces the Bloc and the Parti Québécois to admit that what they are arguing for is not recognition or acceptance of Quebec … far from it. It is simply a question of independence, of creating an independent country.
– Stephen Harper