Judging from the Conservative insiders’ Twitter feeds, they plan to keep the Coalition Hypothesis alive as long as possible. I have faith in my fellow Canadians to come to the right decision on this over the next month, especially now that they know Stephen Harper actually forms coalitions, too. But, since Harper is all into the “unCanadian Bloc” shtick, it’s fair to ask just how far his own commitment to Canada runs. Not very far, if his associations with the Albertan sovereignty movement are any indication.
In fact, in 2001, Harper and a number of men who went on to become his close advisors wrote an “open letter” to Albertan premier Ralph Klein outlining their vision for an independent Alberta within Canada — precisely the same sort of “distinct society” notion espoused by certain Quebec activists during and after their referendum defeats. At the very least, Harper argued, Alberta should cut itself off from the federal government as far as possible to pursue its own course, and it should use the model of the Quebec independence movement as its guide. (Can you imagine how Harper would react if Ignatieff said that?) But I won’t put words in Harper’s mouth on this. Instead, I’ll just quote him directly:Tweet