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Tim Belford is host of Quebec A.M. -- CBC Radio's popular English- language morning show (91.7 FM, 6-9, Mon.-Fri). He also is said to know a thing or three about wine.

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Posted 11.10.01
Quebec City

TIM BELFORD

Super Mario, again

It was interesting to see Action Democratique leader, Mario Dumont, back in the news.

We haven't heard much from Super Mario since he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the last election.

But he's back with both guns blazing.

He even came out with a statement outlining just where his party will stand on the question of Quebec's Independence.

Quebec's political version of Doogie Howser put it this way: Action Democratique would be somewhere between "separation And submission."

What he actually meant by that is still not clear but It does leave quite a bit of room for conjecture.

A quick glance at the dictionary reveals there is quite a lot between separation and submission.

For example, there's "sequacious."

Now, I don't think this is exactly what he had in mind since sequacious is defined as "inclined to follow, lacking Independence, servile . . ."

After all, this is supposed to be a new position.

Of course there's always "serpentine."

This is defined as "cunning, subtle, treacherous . . ." But that would suit just about any political party.

You'll also find, snuggled between separation and submission, "situationist."

This refers to "human behaviour determined by surrounding circumstances."

In other words, you'd have a party that bent with whatever wind was blowing at the time. Which sort of defines any official opposition.

Then there's "shambolic."

This means "chaotic, unorganized."

And if Mario is heading that way with the Action Democratique, It might be quicker to just join the Bloc Québécois, the federal Tories, or Sheila Copp's Liberal Leadership campaign.

Also appearing between separation and submission is "stolid" . . . "failing or unlikely to excite emotion, Dull."

Hardly recommended as a rallying cry for the party.

"Vote ADQ! We're stolid!"

Then there's "stationary" But that's bascially where the ADQ has been for the last eight years.

And I guess we can toss out "simple," "short-sighted," "slippery," and "spur of the moment" for obvious reasons. Which leaves only one intriguing entry in the Oxford Canadian Dictionary Between "separation" and "submission."

And that, strangely enough, Is "sovereignty-association."

Hmm. I wonder where i've heard that before.

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