Canada, one or two countries?

I will not keep you in suspense. The answer is one, and its name is Québec. English Canada, with no distinct identity of its own, is a colony or territory at best.

For as long as I can remember, English Canada has always identified itself by what it is not – America, Britain, etc. – but has so far failed to come up with a positive definition.

Cultural activities and the arts are said to be a mirror of a country’s soul and character. As the most recent statistics prove, there is nothing “Canadian” about English Canada, while Québec lives up to its stature as a country and nation on its own two feet.

English Canada’s Top 20 TV shows are all American, except for the magnificent Murdoch Mysteries. By contrast, all of Québec’s Top 30 TV shows are thoroughly Québécois.

So, if there is one place with its own identity – and a cultural as well as national backbone – it’s Québec, and not English Canada.

These numbers also demonstrate that the perennial whining heard among the (leftist) media types in English Canada for improved protection of Canadian content (e.g., “We must tax Neflix”) is all just rubbish and hot air. For they have done absolutely zilch for Canadian content.

Murdoch Mysteries was started ten years ago by CityTV (owned by Rogers), but then cancelled and picked up by the public broadcaster CBC, where this phenomenal show continues to be a major success – and it has been sold throughout the world (known as The Artful Detective in the United States).

How does CityTV fill its primetime schedules these days? Mostly with repeat (!) American productions (including super-ancient reruns of Curb Your Enthusiasm) – ridiculous.

And what makes Murdoch Mysteries such a big success? The main cast is a mix of actors who hail from countries or regions that do qualify as independent and distinct nations: Britain, New Zealand, Québec, Newfoundland. (Yes, the latter, too, deserves independence.) If a Canadian network puts on a Canadian show with the usual English Canadian actors – i.e., those from the Toronto area or Vancouver – it tanks and barely gets any viewers.

As the new “bible”, Le Code Québec, published a couple of months ago, proves, Québecers really are extremely different from whatever or whoever English Canadians are and therefore deserve to have their own country. At the very minimum, beyond citizenship and currency, Québec should have no ties with “Canada” whatsoever (an imaginary country, as I have been saying for decades, and repeated by former Parti québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau).

Québec’s star system, as it is known, operates at full steam, churning out excellent artists, singers, actors, TV shows and films on a regular basis.

But in other areas, too, Québec holds its ground as a fully-fledged nation and country: people can name many different dishes that are typically Québécois, whereas English Canada has … um, American food.

Vive le Québec libre ! There’s no better way.

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