Here's an interesting letter in Cyberpresse/La Presse. It lays the blame for lack of progress on the matter of Quebec's place in Canada on the Prime Ministers of Canada that have emerged from Quebec and governed for most of the past four decades.
Cyberpresse - What does Quebec want?: What does Québec want ? Il veut que soit reconnue non seulement son caractère de peuple fondateur du pays mais aussi son originalité francophone distinctive et qu'on lui donne en conséquence toute l'autonomie et les leviers nécessaire qui vont avec. Pourquoi s'obstine-t-on à toujours utiliser l'argumentaire qui braque le Québec contre le fédéral plutôt que de lui proposer une solution en douce qui en ferait un partenaire formidable pour le reste du pays !
Il y a fort à parier que le dialogue entre les deux solitudes serait plus harmonieux et compréhensif si le pays était dirigé par un anglophone. Les francophones ont fait leur temps !
The author concludes that for a real Quebec-Canada dialogue, it's probably better to have an anglophone Prime Minister from outside Quebec, because Quebec Liberal federalists have so much ideological and political baggage within Quebec itself that it makes it impossible for them to come to any accomodation with Quebec nationalism---they'd rather engage in corrupt behaviours than sit down at the table. This accords well with my own observation that the debate in Quebec is as much an "internecine" feud as it is a disagreement with the ROC.
The merits of the sorts of solutions proposed by mainstream, non-status-quo Quebec federalists are things I won't debate in this post, except to say that there are serious practical problems in the sorts of things they want, just as I think there are practical problems with sovereigntism. Basically mainstream sovereigntism and mainstream Quebec (ie, non-federal Liberal) federalism are positions in between the Constitutional status quo and complete independence. I'm not sure that there is a practicable position between these two positions given the way that Canada is presently constituted. The biggest example of an anglophone non-Liberal PM matches the letter-writer's analysis---Mulroney---but Meech failed spectacularly. I'm not at all convinced that Meech could ever have worked even without Mulroney, who, in fairness, was part of the problem himself.
And part of the problem is the analysis given in the letter-writer's post itself. Meech would have worked if the ROC was the same English Canada it was 40 years ago, minus the anti-French bigotry.