Ottawa is the capital of this country. Under Archbishop Prendergast it is the spiritual heart of the country as well. He has provided the type of episcopal leadership that this country has required, not a cult of personality that we've seen so many times. Quebec has a glorious history in the Church, so had Alexandria and Antioch. Those days are done. Quebec City has only been referred to as the primatial see out of reverence for Cardinal Ouellet. How do I know this? The only time people ever mentioned it in the last forty years was during his pontificate (an antiquated, but legitimate use of the term). Baltimore is no more a primatial see than is Quebec, than is Milan, than is Ravenna, than is Aachen. (Bonus points for you if you can figure out why I listed those last three!!)
It's interesting to note that of all the great Catholic countries of the world, the majority of their capitals are generally assigned cardinals by the grace of the Holy Father: Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Kiev, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Zagreb, Madrid, Mexico City, Manila, London (called Westminster), Prague... and usually - but not at this moment - others like Washington and Warsaw... Of course, there are notable exceptions, like Utrecht, but the point is, in the majority of cases of countries with more than one cardinal, it is the case that the capital city will constitute one of them. Canada usually has two cardinals.
You'd get no argument from me that Toronto has a traditional claim on this dignity, and that, of Canadian cities, it ought to continue to possess this honour; nor would you find me contesting the inherent worth of His Grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins, to ascend to it; nor deny that this would itself constitute a blessing to the entire Church in Canada were it so. What I am saying is that, of all bishops, Prendergast is the greatest, and of all sees, Ottawa's claim is perhaps grounded upon the strongest prudential basis. Archbishop Prendergast has been at the forefront of all bold political action in this country for the last decade by the Church, and he has been of tremendous service to the Church Universal.