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Monday, September 3, 2012

Jean Charest on the way out?

One can never tell for sure, but it doesn’t look good for Jean Charest’s chances in tomorrow’s Quebec general election. In my last post (Aug. 22), I suggested the Parti Québécois might be fading in the stretch run; it is, however, Charest’s Liberals who have faded of late.

Quebec’s political stage seems set for a Pauline Marois-led PQ government, and that’s a shame. A poll, published on Sunday in the Journal de Montréal, puts Charest’s party in third place with 27 per cent popular support, while the PQ leads with 33 per cent and François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) hold second place with 28 per cent.

There is little in these results for the rest of Canada to cheer about, for it seems we are in for four years, at least, of a PQ government bleating about Quebec’s miserable circumstances as part of Canada, while trying its best to extort as much tax money as it can from the rest of us.

But we really cannot blame separatists for preaching separatism, can we? Scorpions sting, separatists separate. Such is the way of things.

Should one want to apportion blame for driving voters into the all too welcoming arms of the PQ, one need look no further than the Quebec Liberals and Jean Charest himself. Under the Liberals corruption seems to have flourished.

It seems so odd to me that Quebec voters are quick to oust politicians and whole governments over allegations of corruption, yet, as a society, Quebec seems to have a high tolerance for such things. Ever since I can remember, all sorts of shenanigans in the construction industry and among night club owners, for example, seem to have been generally accepted as inevitable by Quebec residents. When I lived in Montreal many years ago, corruption had found its way into the halls of political power and even into the police force.

During the current campaign, “a report that a police surveillance operation targeting a union official was halted after the man met with the Liberal Leader.” I suspect we’ll be hearing similar stories in the near future.

Frankly, I don’t see the PQ as being much of an improvement in the corruption department.

According to the Globe and Mail newspaper, Ms. Pauline Marois’ husband Claude Blanchet was once the CEO of the QFL Solidarity Fund. And so was current Finance Minister Raymond Bachand. The QFL has maintained close ties with the PQ and several QFL-Construction union leaders are regular contributors to the Liberal party.

That same QFL Solidarity Fund is now embroiled in controversy after a news story appeared in the Montreal daily, Le Devoir, linking it to an alleged kick-back and bribery scheme.

Voters always get the government they deserve, don’t they?

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  1. Actually pace Maclean's, I find the Ontario government much more corrupt. But for sure Quebecers find that the Liberals and Charest have overstayed their welcome.

    Unfortunately Mario Dumont no longer leads the Action Democratique Party and the new merged party C.A.Q. is a lot less a small government party and friendlier to anglos (Dumont is a graduate of Concordia University).

    Very sad for those who have stuck it out in Quebec. Pauline Marois is a real piece of work. Nice to see a woman as premier, but not this witch.

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  2. I don't see why Quebec can't walk the talk. They have consistantly said that 'they want to separate' which is Pauline Marois intentions as well, and which frankly I don't see why they can't since they have the wealth in resources to do so.

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  3. As a Québecor I am glad to see the end of liberal rule in our nation and pray for a party that will represent the interests of the Nation of Québec. I am clearly a separatist as I believe that the Nation of Québec is a distinct society who deserves special status. I commend the canadian Conservative Party for trying a flaccid attempt at recognizing the Nation of Québec but condone their lack of respect for the Francophone people. I look foreward to the day when the Nation of Québec is no longer a part of canada and the anglophone imperialistic ideas that suppress the French culture. Vive le Québec libre!

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  4. A PQ victory will set Qc back 20 years! For people too young to remember 1976, the exodus of capital and people combined with fascist, racist xenophobic language laws left Quebec crippled economically & spiritually. Prepare for companies and people to go down the 401 again; only this time it will be the current Francophone generation (at least those still attending HEC, McGill and Concordia). To all the people who will be voting PQ, there is no winning a referendum, EVER. But in order to find that out (for yet the 3rd freaking time!), this province will again turn to SHIT. Despite my family living in Montreal for over 100 years and despite my love for this city, I do not plan on sticking around for too long if the PQ form a majority tomorrow. Sadly I feel that is imminent.

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    1. Yes that is what I pray for...all non French culture and language be gone...down the 401 or where ever I don't care as long as it's out of my Québec. The nation of Québec does not need your english federal imperialistic multicultural ideology. We are French and we are Christian. Vive le Québec libre!


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  5. I see that the CBC was shilling their Vote Compass tool again for the Quebec election. I wonder who they were endorsing this time?

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