Memo to Quebec Separatists

On Friday, the regional parliament in Catalonia debated a law that would ban bullfighting in this autonomous Spanish region. Nationalists consider bullfighting a Spanish national custom alien to Catalan nature and therefore abhorrent.

The initiative for the draft law was originally launched by animal rights activists but separatist arguments and hate of the Spanish nation state have become mixed up in the debate. The daily La Razón commented that “the combination of these ideological, emotional and political ingredients with the differences of opinions within the separatist party converted the debate into a highly explosive cocktail.”

Please respond.


3 responses to “Memo to Quebec Separatists

  1. I’m not sure I see a parallel between Catalonian nationalists – at least in the bullfighting example – and Quebec nationalists. What cause launched from outside the nationalist sphere might pick up anti-Canada momentum? A carbon tax? BC’s done it. Anti-hockey? No.

    So… what?

    I don’t see what there is to respond to here, on the part of a Quebec separatist (which would be taken as a provocative label by one of them).

    • I’ve asked my wife the same question. She said – the equivalent to bullfighting is the Monarchy. She is right. Especially the House of Windsor. Bourbons they might accept. Not Bonapartists, of course.

      The other possibility is Confederation.

  2. Presumably the parallel has to be a movement about something that on its face is not political, or at least that does not appear to raise the “national question” but that turns out to be connected or connectable to it (and nationalists will go to some length to find or make a connection).

    So Confederation is out – a Royal visit might qualify, but demonstrations on the occasion of Her Majesty’s appearances since at least 1964 would suggest the connection must be pretty standard by now.

    In Newfoundland and Labrador, policies about seal hunting could turn into questions about why NL should stay in Confederation, perhaps, but I don’t think the seal hunters of the Magdalen Islands control the “national” agenda of La Belle Province to that extent.