I've commented on the tactical aspects of the nation resolutions, but I think that it is time to address the national question in a more comprehensive way.
I think that Joe Clark described the composition of Canada best: "We are a community of communities." Unfortunately, he lost the election he said that in to the Austin Powers of Canadian Politics, who then proceeded to open up this constitutional mess.
The fact is simple; Canada is a multi-nation state. I would say that Canadian is a nation of nations. The word community would have been sufficient, but now the word nation is out of the bag so it is time to use that. The two nation resolutions going to the House of Commons are the beginning of the recognition of this fact.
But there seems to be quite a few people that would prefer to impose a single nationality on all of the people of Canada. They say that one can only be Canadian or be whatever nationality. I believe that this is a simple minded view that only serves to cause more fracturing in our society. One hears say on how Canada is a multi-cultural country instead of a melting pot; saying that somebody that lives in Canada can only be one nationality is akin to assimilation.
The thing is, one can be Canadian and Quebecois(e). One can be Canadian and Acadian. One can be Canadian and British Columbian. The sooner that we all recognize that we cannot impose uniformity on Canadians, the sooner that this this country will be more safer from separation threats from places like Quebec, Alberta, and Newfoundland.
Let's have a look at the United Kingdom. It is a multi-nation state, made up of many nations, being English, Scottish, Welsh, and (Northern) Irish. But the people who make up these nations can say that they have another national identity which unifies them all: British. I think that Canada can be very much the same.
Neither is asymmetrical federalism the end of Canada. Let's face it, we already live in a asymmetrical federal state for the simple reason that different areas of the countries have different needs. Quebec has certain powers over culture. The Maritimes have a special deal relating to offshore oil (the Atlantic Accord). Alberta collects its own corporate tax.
I'm also tired of hearing this argument from people: we should recognize Italians, Czechs, and whatever immigrant nationality. I respond by saying that that is a silly example that lacks common sense, and therefore we would not see any recognition of any nationality not based in Canada. It would be like designating Political Science Students a recognized minority next to black and disable people. Sure, we Political Science Students do make up a numerical minority within Canada, but we can all agree that we don't need to be designated like a actually recognized minority.
So for all those people who are saying that Canada is doomed because of these House of Commons resolutions, I say, calm down and take a chill pill. This is only an symptom of growing pains; of Canada become a more mature state; A Nation of Nations.