Quebec Headed For Independence, Ignatieff Tells U.K. Radio
The Canadian Press, 25 April 2012 - Less than a year after he asked voters to make him prime minister, Michael Ignatieff is now warning that Quebec and Canada are almost two separate countries, drifting towards a possible breakup.
The ex-Liberal leader and academic appeared to offer a gloomy diagnosis on the state of Canadian unity in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Ignatieff told his audience that, whatever happens in the upcoming Scottish referendum, the United Kingdom will change — regardless of whether the nationalist side wins or loses.
As an example, Ignatieff pointed to Canada's experience with the Quebec sovereignty movement; he said Canada reacted by transferring power to Quebec to satisfy its growing aspirations for autonomy — but he suggested that solution is only temporary.
"It’s a kind of way station — you stop there for a while," Ignatieff said.
"But I think the logic, eventually, is independence. Full independence."