While Canada's federal government may seek to play a larger role in
international political affairs, support for such an initiative will be
minimal inside Quebec, especially if it involves committing Canadian
troops overseas. The prolonged presence of Canadian troops in such an
involvement could prove as unpopular across Quebec as the Afghanistan
assignment. If the federal government is willing to risk such loss of
support in Quebec during the tenure of a PQ government, it could tempt
the PQ government to go to the polls to seek a majority government.
Across the USA, their federal government is assigning more staff to
monitor and check security at airports, bus terminals, train stations,
along highways and across many municipal mass transportation systems.
During the tenure of a PQ government, Canadian federal officials
administering security checks of passengers who travel within Quebec
could become a contentious issue. The combination of federal authority
over intra-provincial passenger transportation inside Quebec and troops
being engaged overseas could likely erode federal support in Quebec.
Under such conditions, a majority PQ government could very well seek a
referendum for possible independence. Then again, the presence of a
potentially powerful PQ government in Quebec might restrain federal
officials from administering programs and policies that could otherwise
be unpopular in Quebec. The result may be fewer Canadian troops being
assigned overseas and perhaps easier intercity passenger transportation
Federal forces could compensate for a possible policy blunder by
transferring additional political power to all provinces, including the
PQ in Quebec. Without federal forces committing a major policy blunder
that would be unpopular in Quebec, support for Quebec secession will
likely remain low. While the policies of a PQ government will encroach
on the rights and freedoms of a segment of Quebec's population, the
presence of that government may assure some other freedoms for citizens
living in Quebec and perhaps across Canada.