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Separatist top-level domain proposal by a PQuiste

April 16, 2008 @ 08:29 By: gordon Category: Current affairs, Seen on the 'net

The Globe and Mail’s website has a Canadian Press story that reports that Daniel Turp, a Parti Québécois member, is petitioning ICANN, the organization responsible for managing the domain namespace on the Internet, to create a .qc top-level domain.

Turp says that because both the autonomous region of Spain known as Catalonia and Greenland, which belongs to Denmark, have their own top-level domains, .cat and .gl respectively, that this is justification enough for Quebec to have a .qc top-level domain.

Last time I checked, Quebec was still a contiguous part of Canada. It’s not like Greenland, which is separated by hundreds of miles of ocean from Denmark, nor is it an autonomous region like Catalonia. It’s a province of Canada.As such it already enjoys a distinctive second-level domain on the Internet: .qc.ca.

Hopefully, ICANN will refuse to grant this proposal, otherwise you know that Turp will use this as absolute proof that Quebec is an independent nation, which it isn’t.

A tip o’ the hat to Michael Geist for writing about this in his blog.