Pure schadenfreude last night. I haven’t lived in Quebec in nearly a decade but I do not recall ever having more satisfaction watching a political campaign. The Quebec infrastructure is literally crumbling and the PQ decide to devote all their time to some backwards idea whose sole purpose I’m convinced was to pick a fight with Ottawa to stir up nationalist feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Marois lose her seat and Leo Bureau-Blouin’s 15 minutes of fame expire. Best of all I loved that while the CAQ and Francois Legault appear to see the writing on the wall and set that tone in their concession, the PQ see this as a failure of individuals and not of their policy. I love it when political hubris is exposed and slapped down by the electorate. Reply
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Pure schadenfreude last night. I haven’t lived in Quebec in nearly a decade but I do not recall ever having more satisfaction watching a political campaign. The Quebec infrastructure is literally crumbling and the PQ decide to devote all their time to some backwards idea whose sole purpose I’m convinced was to pick a fight with Ottawa to stir up nationalist feelings.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Marois lose her seat and Leo Bureau-Blouin’s 15 minutes of fame expire.
Best of all I loved that while the CAQ and Francois Legault appear to see the writing on the wall and set that tone in their concession, the PQ see this as a failure of individuals and not of their policy.
I love it when political hubris is exposed and slapped down by the electorate.
Ahhh. It was a tremendously satisfying evening. So many PQ ministers unceremoniously turfed out; student leaders Leo Bureau-Blouin and Martine Desjardins went down to defeat; and the icing on the cake, Mme Marois lost in her own riding.
And of course, PKP won in his. So he is now relegated to being a backbencher in the opposition (unless and until he wins the party leadership). Which I’m pretty sure is not what he had in mind when he signed up.
Quebec infrastructure is literally crumbling and the party to blame for that, and the beneficiary of incredible levels of corruption, is back in power. What a choice Quebec has, corrupt crooks who believe in federalism (so long as Canada provides more money to steal) or corrupt crooks who want sovereignty.
This is the bed that the Quebecois have made for themselves. A generation of head in the sand politics essentially devoted to issues surrounding language and culture. You are now stuck with 3 parties that espouse some form of separation or nationalistic identity politics and the Liberals.
The only way to end this is for the population to keep hitting the politicians over the head with a shovel each time they attempt to insult the electorate’s intelligence with these divisive us vs. them politics. They have to be rejected time and time again. They have to be rejected in 2015 when every Bloc candidate and nationalist leaning Dipper tries to use identity as an issue rather than things that really matter. Until the population is willing to do that, then it will be business as usual.
Quebec is a mess because for my entire life (I was born in Montreal in 1977) the primary focus of the government for the most part has been to show everybody how different Quebec is and to institutionalize those differences. How is Quebec supposed to handle its crumbling infrastructure when they’re more focused on spending their money creating a powerful and expensive bureaucracy that essentially mirrors federal services?
My honest hope for my home province is that a legitimate alternative to the Liberal/PQ dynamic appear. Even if I do not support their policies, we need another party that speaks to the concerns of the citizens of Quebec without the nationalist tendencies.
My sincere wish is that Francois Legault lives up to his concession speech last night, that he rejects nationalist/separatist politics and truly becomes an alternative for ALL the citizens.
Not that it is going to happen.
Let’s be fair: Quebecers didn’t do it all on their own.
A lot of the credit/blame belongs to politicians in the RoC for pandering to Quebec nationalism in hopes of short-term political gain (I’m looking at YOU, Mulroney – but by no means *only* you…). The separatists need a willing partner on the federal end to make their narrative work.
We must never forget that Thomas Mulcair is a politician in that mould – a strong NDP in 2015 would be the best possible outcome for the separatist cause.
Few election results in Canada have been more heartening to me than this one. My contempt for the PQ as a result of their most recent campaign greatly exceeds even my dislike of the Harper government — Marois’ blatant appeal to racism and xenophobia for the purpose of winning an election truly was truly appalling. That it spectacularly backfired and cost her her own seat is wonderful.
It’s also notable in that this is the first provincial election in a while where the actual campaign clearly altered the standings. When was the last time a party started the race with a lead and squandered it so thoroughly? Some people might say the recent BC election, but the polls were so off there that it’s not clear whether the BC NDP were ever actually ahead at all.
PKP and JT. Both benefiting from their fathers legacy. Both telegenic men who go off message. Will JT have his Howard Dean moment and sink the federal Liberals?
Angus Reid has pointed out that when you serperate the general public from actual voters, the Liberals and Conservatives are neck and neck in voter support. Ekos says Trudeau’s negatives are going up. Maybe Marois won’t be the only one to see a lead evaporate.
Very true. Political junkies like ourselves tend to forget that most people barely pay attention to what’s been going on until election time – so it’s easy for JT to coast on a general impression of who he is, for the time being.
But come election time, that’s when people start to examine their options critically. And if this past Quebec election has shown us anything, it’s that campaigns can make an enormous difference.