October 20th, 2017. Conrad Black writes about Québec economy. You can read the full paper here.
Here is a selected and interesting piece :
The Quebec economy, which has shed most of its resource and cheap labour manufacturing base to become, with subventions, a public sector and white collar service economy, has suddenly become a Canadian centre for innovation and skillful adaptation to the reality that technological advance, for the first time, creates more unemployment than employment. It’s become a model for fiscal prudence and economic growth […].
Quebec has suddenly emerged with a $4.5 billion dollar budgetary surplus, and 2.9 per cent economic growth rate, and a leading economic performance that the country could emulate.
Leading economic performance? How refreshing to read this in the National Post.
The paper doesn’t tell much about how Québec became the economic leader that it became and goes lenghtly about Québec’s history, casually renewing, among other things, accusations of «anglophobic and anti-semitic racism».
This paper praising Québec economic performance, being written by Conrad Black who never mist a chance to spit on Québec, must be mind boggling for National Post readers. If the paper itself is interesting, the comment section is equally interesting. The comments show outrage, contempt and frustration. Many predictably bring back equalization payments.
A well informed reader wrote : «Any province in Canada would be doing as well if they were receiving the kind of handouts Quebec gets». That Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI receive a lot more money per capita seems irrelevant to him.
Another wote : « Too bad they have their own language that is forced upon them… Imagine if they could communicate with the rest of Canada and the world around them.» Yes, we are guilty of speaking french, yet it seems that we can nevertheless communicate quite fine with the rest of the world. As a result, it seems that countries that Québec exports to are more diversified than the countries that Canada exports to, as shown by this graph :
We can communicate quite fine with the rest of the world. Thank you.
«Nous sommes un peuple inculte et bègue, mais nous ne sommes pas sourds au génie d’une langue.»