Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Parti Québécois fading?

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois
Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois | Photograph by: Paul Chiasson, CP , Vancouver Sun

The Parti Québécois seems to be fading in the stretch run to Quebec’s September 4, 2012 general election. At least, this is what is suggested to me by a new Forum Research telephone poll conducted for and reported by the National Post.

Of the 1,602 respondents, more than a third (35%) said they would vote for the Jean Charest’s Liberals, more than a four-point increase in support since last week’s poll. Better yet, the gain seemed to come at the expense of the PQ, whose popularity dipped six points to 29% since Forum’s last poll. The third-place party, Coalition Avenir Québec, stayed unchanged at a respectable 24%.

Encouraging news for those of us who were convinced the incompetence—and perhaps corruption—of Jean Charest’s Liberal government might have provided the PQ with the opening they needed to once more put Canada on the edge of constitutional crisis with their blackmailing threats to separate, and to do so even though a 49% minority of Quebecers may want to remain in Canada.

I want Quebec to remain in Canada. I do not, however, believe the federal government should continue to pay out equalization payments to the tune of $7-billion plus to that province, which has received $56.7-billion—a whopping 54% of the $107.4-billion our federal government spent on equalization from 2005/06 to the present year.

Frankly, I do not believe a majority of Quebec residents want to separate from Canada. Support for sovereignty would, however, be enough to “tease” the rest of Canada and keep the country “off balance” for the full term of a PQ government.

And, in these unsettling economic times, our country can do without that.


  1. Russ, I hope that you had an enjoyable holiday.
    My son who has never seen Trinidad is begging us to go but we had other priorities which put a stop to his request. Maybe,next year with God willing we hope to take him to Trinidad.

    Back to the maqin issue at in Quebec. Have you notice from the translation none of the debators bothered to question the other on the Equalization and why should quebec continue taking money from other provinces when quebec itself is loaded with untouched resources.

    If that 'one' debator was to speak out like that; I am positive many quebecers would be shocked.

    1. I'm sure you're right, Jen.

      I've never been to Trinidad but hear it's a pretty place and worth a visit.

    2. Jen, Charest is actually promising to make QC a have province with his "Plan Nord" to develop the resources of northern QC.

  2. Jean Lapierre the political commentator and ex Transport Minister says this is a rogue poll. For one thing the Liberals don't take voters from the Parti Quebecois, so it doesn't make sense.

    I still think it will be a minority Parti Quebecois government with the C.A.Q. surprising everyone with a large number of seats. People don't like Pauline Marois. Charest will lose his seat in Sherbrooke.

  3. One thing which might be driving the shift (if it is real) is the extreme xenophobia of the PQ in its current form. This must be unsettling to may voters, who are then forced to choose between the Liberals and the CAQ.

    Irrational, frothing at the mount xenophobes, a totally unknown party or the Liberals?

    Voters will have to make the "least worst" choice in this election