World Facts

CIA – The World Factbook (yeah, the CIA):

The Factbook was created as an annual summary and update to the encyclopedic NIS [National Intelligence Survey] studies. The first classified Factbook was published in August 1962, and the first unclassified version was published in June 1971.

Canada’s entry states:

Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Its paramount political problem continues to be the relationship of the province of Quebec, with its French-speaking residents and unique culture, to the remainder of the country.

It (i.e. Quebec) ain’t THAT big a deal, I don’t think.

3 Replies to “World Facts”

  1. Quebec likes to think it has a unique culture — and being the only officially French province, that may be true. What the hell — I’ve lived there and, yes, Quebec does have a unique culture. There’s no place like it Canada.

    However, the same can be said about Newfoundland (and a few other places in Canada). And that’s where Quebec has it all wrong — thinking that they have such a unique culture that is needs to be preserved.

    Newfloundland has its own unique culture and, like Quebec, that culture, and the values that go with it, are gradually being lost by outside influences.

    There are plenty of Newfoundlanders who believe they would have been better of never having joined Canada. Quebec is trying to gain what Newfoundland lost when they joined Confederation.

    Quebec has benefited from being a part of Canada, and they’d be stupid to leave. But Newfoundland has always gotten the raw end of the deal. That’s the whole history of Newfoundland since 1949, one bad deal after another. Most of Canada thinks of Newfoundland had a poor “have-not” province. What most don’t realize, though, is that Newfoundland would be completely self-sufficient if Quebec and the federal governement allowed them to collect money from their plentiful natural resources.

    Exhibit A: There’s enough power being generated through Newfounland Hydro to supply power to all of Nfld for free, and to have enough left over to sell for profit. But the complete idiot, Joey Smallwood, the first preimere of Nfld, made the dumbest deal possible with Quebec, selling hydro power to Quebec for a price so low that Quebec re-sells the power to the US at a huge profit — and this deal can’t be re-negotiated until 2040.

    If Newfoundland could get out of this stupid deal they made and sell their hydro power at current world prices, it would be completely self-sufficient and Quebec would reieve the bulk of equalization payments today, not Nfld.

    Another example: Newfoundland makes 20 cents on every dollar of oil that is taken from their offshore oil projects.

    If Nfld hadn’t become a part of Canada, Quebec would have never got a such a great deal, and Nfld wouldn’t have been so screwed up as it is today.


  2. Shoot. That should have read “thinking that they have such a unique culture that it’s the only one that needs to be preserved.”

    There are probably other typos, but screw it.

  3. If quebec left they would have been fucked. That’d be cool. If they’re gonna bitch and whine about their nazi-french superiority they deserve to be fucked over.

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