Originally Posted by Xelebes
You did not connect the original subject of the thread with your tangent. That was what I was asking. Equalisation payments have nothing to do withMontreal falling behind Toronto. Equalisation payments have nothing to do with the rise of Quebecois nationalism. Trucking out equalisation payments is an hors d'ouvre that a lot of people take comfort in when they browbeat someone. It has little to do with the issue of why there is a yawning crack in the bread and can only explain why there is small tendrils holding it together. You're not putting the bread together by hammering about the existence of those tendrils and you're not bothering to make a sandwich out of it either. You're sticking with your pet tendrils as if they mean anything.
Lets get one fact straight (2nd time now)... I'm not the one who first mentioned the issue of "equalization" in this thread ... Acajack gets the credit for that on post #500. I agree that equalization is tangential to the topic of the thread. But it isn't fair to single me out for talking about something that is essentially off-topic.
Equalization was one consideration that (by both separatists and federalists) figured into the discussion of Quebec's future in Confederation.... that had very little to do with the relative assent of Toronto over Montreal (I never suggested otherwise)... but the political instability caused by the question of Quebec's future did. Obviously, Quebec receiving equalization didn't harm Montreal's influence.
And you weren't asking me what you are now claiming... go back and read your own post! You were asking me to connect equalization and separatism... not equalization as it pertains to Montreal's vs. Toronto's influence.