Sunday, June 18, 2006

Quebec and Catalonia

In English North America, the Zapatero government in Spain is noted mostly for sensibly/appeasementishly getting out of Iraq and giving great Apes human rights (how many great Apes are there in Spain anyway?). But the media in Quebec, with the interesting exception of the Gazette, are playing up Catalonia's referendum on a new, more far-reaching, autonomy law.

Le Devoir compares it to Meech Lake, but it clearly goes much further, including with a reference to Catalonia as a "nation" in the Spanish constitution, and explicit asymmetry of constitutional power. The ROC ought to take note, but probably won't, especially with the Oilers' brilliant win last night in Game 6.

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