We know some Quebecers want their own country. A country that reflects our values, that protects our language and our culture, that respects our identity. My friends, I want to build a country, too — a country worthy of my dreams. Of your dreams. But for me that country reaches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Great Lakes to the Grand Nord.
I’m finding it a little hard to understand what he means. Especially given his use of “our” to refer to the values of Quebec, is he saying when he finally turns Canada into a country worthy of Quebecers’ dreams instead of the mess it is today that it will reflect Quebec’s distinct culture and identity? Or that Quebecers should be happy with the existing Canadian values so many think they despise?
Politically it is problematic either way. If he wants to go out West and tell anglos he plans to turn their country into a giant Quebec he may find it hard to win seats there. If he wants to go to Quebec and say quit whining, the place is fine as it is, he may find it hard to win seats there. And that kind of exhausts the geographical possibilities (on which he may be unclear anyway, since the southern border of the country is not the Great Lakes out in, you know, that stuff over there with the cows and mountains).
Intellectually it is also problematic. I wonder if anyone out there knows what he thinks he meant in that passage… including him.