so how serioius is this seperatist issue? does it have any substantial momentum behind it, and is it montreal-driven or more of a topic in the hinterland? i'd be interested to know
It's not that serious right now, but there was a very close referendum regarding separation in the not-too-distant past. The Federalists just squeaked out a victory.
Montreal has a very large anglo population, so it's not necessarily the driving force behind it. Plus it's a large business centre [HTML_REMOVED] so many of the people there realize that it wouldn't be good for trade, etc.
I'm sad to say that a lot of the momentum comes from those under 30. There's a certain level of resentment for the federal gov't [HTML_REMOVED] the rest of Canada, as if we're trying to deprive them of something (don't ask me what that something is. This country has kissed Quebec's ass to keep them here for almost 150 years). As with a lot of movements that are fueled by youth, once those involved get a bit older [HTML_REMOVED] start to understand how things work, their interest in the cause subsides. Unfortunately, there are always more kids to take their place, so the separatists will never completely go away.