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Along the Saint Lawrence

Evangeline Anovilis

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Altough Ontario had a limited interest in the outside world, there was to be an interest in the immediate neighbourhood. Especially the former Canadian lands were of interest for the Foreign Policy as was lined out by the Canadian Progressive party and of all these, Quebec was not only one of the stronger ones in the region, it was inevitable to establish relations with the, most likely, oldest part of Canada, discounting the First Nations. Thus, in an encrypted cable, a message would be sent from Upper Canada to Lower Canada.

[b]To: The Foreign Ministry of the Greater quebec Republic[/b]
[b]From: The Foreign Ministry of the Free Republic of Ontario[/b]
[b]Subject: Maritime and Riverine Affairs[/b]

To whomever it concerns,

The Free Republic of Ontario, your southern neighbour, would like to arrange a meeting between our respective Heads of State or Foreign Ministers, whichever you prefer, to discuss matters of utmost importance to us and maybe also to you. Together with officially establishing formal relations, Ontario would like to discuss matters of cooperation, commerce and military affairs, especially concerning the status of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, which is of vital importance to our country's economy. President Rosa Christopher or my person would both have the time to arrange for a meeting within the next few weeks.

In the hope of a positive reply,

with regards,

[i]Ephraim Halliwell[/i]
[b]Minister of Foreign affairs of the Free Republic of Ontario[/b]

[b]OOC:[/b] Closed, as can be seen in the tag.

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For one reason or another, the Ministry of Foreign and American Affairs of the Greater Quebec Republic did not have the manpower to actually get things done, and thus the cable arrived at the desk of Conseiller en matière de sécurité nationale auprès du Président, Shirakime. With a slight annoyance (if it weren't for her ethnicity, she would have become the Minister, whose seat was vacant), she typed out a response.

[quote]To: Ephraim Halliwell, Minister of Foreign affairs of the Free Republic of Ontario
From: Shirakime, Conseiller en matière de sécurité nationale auprès du Président du République grand québécoise

If it is practical, please have the Ontario representative come to Montréal. Given circumstances, I shall be taking the role as acting Minister of Foreign and American Affairs of the Greater Quebec Republic.[/quote]

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A note would be sent back, informing the Conseiller about the circumstances of the representants arrival.

Ephraim Halliwell was a man in his thirties, slender build and short sideburns as brown as the rest of his hair, would travel to Montreal to meet the person called Shirakime. A truely wonderous name, he thought, while driving the distance between Ottawa and Montreal, which could be overcome in less than 2 hours even. The matters at hand had a certain importance, but maybe, because of said importance, Halliwell preferred to not create a great spectacle around the visit. And seemingly Quebec shared this sentiment, if he was to meet with this Shirakime person. Had they even a last name? Or was that their last name and they lacked a given one? Anyway, it sounded... oriental.

Once Ephraim had found a parking lot, he left his car behind and moved the last few hundred meters to Montreal's City Hall by foot, to then wait for Monsieur Shirakime to arrive.

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If Halliwell was thinking he would be meeting an elderly gentleman, he couldn't be more wrong. A petite girl would come out to greet him. "Welcome, Mr. Halliwell. I hope your visit to the Greater Quebec Republic shall be as fruitful as you wish it to be." She would take him to her office, explaining along the way her temporary position as representative of the government of Quebec on the Montreal public security committee. "Montreal is the center of Quebec, and currently the commercial capital of what was formerly Canada. Such a city requires more care than usual." Soon they would arrive in a stoically furnished office which had a great view of the city.

"I believe that the use of the Saint Lawrence Seaway is on our agenda for this meeting. Aside from this, potential topics would be electricity issues, potential defense obligations, and general economic relations. Would this be correct?"

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"I'd certainly think so." Halliwell answered. He was a bit surprised by his counterpart, but tried to not show it too much. Given this was his first mission outside Ontario, it would be already a bad start for any career he'd ever planned. "To start it off, I think both our countries can gain from good relations with each other. The most pressing matter for Ontario here is access to the sea, by being given free access to the Saint-Lawrence Seaway for trade and transport. This, on its own, we would offer for either a yearly fee paid by Ontario to Quebec, or by granting Quebec access to Ontarios own waterways in the Great Lakes. While it certainly is a bit calm around the Lakes, one has to consider, that new nations could arise there soon enough, should a local regime be voted into power." Halliwell paused there, coughing one moment, before continuing. "That is, if we are just talking economy here. Because as core region of former Canada, we do see a possibility for military agreements as well, if Quebec would be open for it."

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"Quebec had already been working on how to bring what we call "Canada libre" into a greater cooperation. This is a draft that we have made up as the basis."

[quote][center][b]Quebec-Ontario Treaty[/b][/center]

The Greater Quebec Republic and the Free Republic of Ontario shall agree to this Treaty and agree with the wording as well as spirit of such Treaty.

[b]Article I:[/b]
Both signatories shall not undertake any form of aggressive or otherwise hostile action against the other in any way, shape, or form, nor assist or support a third party in doing so.

[b]Article II:[/b]
Both signatories shall share any and all intelligence pertaining to the sovereignty of the other.

[b]Article III:[/b]
In the event one signatory comes under attack from a hostile third party, the other signatory is obligated to assist by all means possible unless requested otherwise. A declaration of war in response to an earlier declaration of war by a signatory shall render such aid optional.

[b]Article IV:[/b]
If one signatory wishes to undertake aggressive action against a third party, it may request assistance from the other signatory. However, this assistance shall be optional.

[b]Article V: [/b]
Both signatories shall maintain an open border policy to each other, grant free access to citizens and military of both signatories, and reduce tariffs.

[b]Article VI: [/b]
If one or both signatory wish to cancel this Treaty, they shall inform the other seventy-two hours prior to the cancellation.

Signed for the [b]Greater Quebec Republic,[/b]

Signed for the [b]Free Republic of Ontario,[/b][/quote]

"Aside from the general skeleton, Quebec has been considering the formation of Joint Strike Wings under the command of a Canadian Aerospace Defense Command, Commandement de la défense aérospatiale du Canada in French. This will The CADC/CDAC will be a joint organization of member nations that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and defense for the members. Also, we are prepared to lease one or two Atlantic naval ports to Ontario, as part of establishing a greater defensive shield against potential enemies."

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Halliwell read over the document, murmuring some undecipherable words, before looking up to Shirakime. "I think, this treaty seems fine. It is a bit strong, but it is within the spirit of our policies and I think our current majority will pass it with ease. For the CADC/CDAC and the ports, I think it will just as easy, though, we might have to impose on your country a bit more, I fear. But hopefully not to your disadvantage. Currently, we got not much in terms of arms manufacturing, mostly our local Colt plants and Toronto Heavy Ordonance Industries, which specialises in vehicle manufacturing and artillery production, though, it is more on the quantitative, than on the qualitative side. After all, we haven't been a country for long, a protectorate needed no large industrial base in this sector. Would Quebec be fine if our country ordered military craft, especially in the naval and aircraft section from Quebecer manufacturers? Of course, we'd pay adequately, and it may also help in coordination between our forces."

Ephraim tried to give his best smile, extenting his hand for an obvious gesture. If this would get passed, President Christopher would surely be overjoyed.

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"Yes, that would be beneficial to countries and [i]governments[/i]. Of course, Ontario companies would be free to share in the work on the shipyards, since we do have extra capacity going idle from a mature shipbuilding industry. As for the military arrangements, we can have our relevant ministries deal with that.

Shall you sign the treaty first?"

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