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Of all the fantasies spun by Quebec separatists, the most absurd is the notion that the province’s fiscal and governance problems will be solved through the magical elixir of independence. In fact, the opposite is true: The Parti Québécois’ single-minded obsession with separatism is a destabilizing force in a province that, above all, now needs sober leadership.

As the ongoing Charbonneau Commission attests, Quebec’s political culture is locked in a pre-Adscam mindset that requires root-and-branch reform. (Just last week, an engineering-firm executive testified that he’d used a complicated scheme to illegally contribute $300,000 to the party of ex-Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay.) Meanwhile, the per-capita provincial debt stands at over $21,000 — by far the highest in Canada — despite an equalization scheme that is rigged to provide Quebec with almost $8-billion annually, more than every other have-not province combined. And yet one of the first things that Pauline Marois did…

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