Referendum-talk has become the headline single on the provincial election soundtrack, and it's been way overplayed. One key note we haven't heard regarding Quebec independence, and the most important is:\nHow can Montreal benefit?\nWe decided to find out, and asked Vladimir De Thézier, an expert on the subject. A political blogger and board of director member of Les Intellectuals pour la souveraineté (IPSO), here are De Thézier thoughts and theories on the subject.\nFirst, De Thézier does not ascribe to the PQ's envisioned Republic of Quebec. In his view, the PQ's Charter of Values is merely a a "calculated electoral strategy" and the party's recent actions have only hurt the movement for Quebec independence.\nIf a referendum did succeed, Montreal would quickly become the main metropolis of an independent Quebec. As the cosmopolitan center of a nation, Montreal would "regain its economic vitality and international prestige."\nDe Thézier, and other intellectuals, imagine the Republic of Quebec existing as a regional state made up of largely self-governed subnational regions, with areas broken up depending on cultural and economic factors.\nAs a metropolis governed by a single government (no longer a city in a province regulated by a federal government) Montreal would more easily gain autonomous powers, ideally ones controlling cultural and linguistic mandates.\nOne hitch in this seemingly beneficial plan is that certain fail-safes would need to be installed in order for Montreal to never become a "rogue city-state."\nDo you agree with these ideas?