Mr. Speaker, indeed it is a powerful instrument. Once it has been used, there is no going back. The electorate must be respected.
Second, the use of the term secession in the question is not necessarily mandatory. There is nothing in the bill requiring that this or that term be used. What it does say is that, in order to be clear, a question must mean that Quebec would cease to be a part of Canada and would become an independent country. It seems to me that this is very reasonable.