Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Grasping at straws

Okay, if I lived in Québec, and I had been planning on voting for the PLQ, I would be very tempted to vote for somebody else after this ridiculous remark:

Liberal Leader Jean Charest launched his final campaign blitz on Saturday by issuing a plea to Quebecers not to elect a minority government.

That outcome would weaken Quebec's bargaining position with the federal government, he told reporters in Montmagny, a town 60 kilometres east of Quebec City.

Quebec can't afford to give the impression of being a divided society in its dealings with the rest of the country, said Charest, whose party is trying to win a second term.
Let me get this straight, Mr. Charest. You're the leader of province where an anglophone journalist blamed a school shooting on the province's language laws, where a town has tried to outline a list of approved behaviours for immigrants who want to live there, and where, in a referendum on whether to remain a part of Canada, the population voted 51%-49% only a little over a decade ago. But it's a minority government that's going to make Québec look like a "divided society" in the eyes of the rest of the country?

8 comments:

West End Bound said...

Snicker, snicker, IP - Good one!

Radical Centrist said...

There are plenty of reasons not to vote for the PLQ - mainly their failure to keep key promises such as delivering on tax cuts and reducing government while keeping the stupidest promise - allowing merged cities to demerge. Idiots.

I seriously am having a difficult time giving a shit about this election. If i do vote, i'm leaning towards the Green Party. Not that it will matter, the PQ candidate (Daniel Turp) will win again, despite a strong candidate for Quebec Suicidaire...

Meh.

Josh Gould said...

Hmm, might there be low turnout on Monday? Which party do you think that might that affect?

Daniel Aldana Cohen said...

Because the best thing for democracy is a government with an absolute majority in the 'national' assembly, and less than 50% of the vote. Cutting bursaries to poor students was enough for Charest -- now he's staking his reelection on the least democratic aspect of our electoral system.

Kenn Chaplin said...

Radical Centrist said...
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the PQ candidate (Daniel Turp) will win again, despite a strong candidate for Quebec Suicidaire...

Does that put you in Beauharnois-Salaberry or has Turp moved elsewhere? (B-S was where I used to live in my Quebec days.)

:)

Mark Greenan said...

Isn't Turp's riding Mercier? Amir Khadir's riding? Like Quebeec Solidaire's best chance to win?

I know I'd be voting QS in Mercier. And probably anywhere else in Quebec if I resided there.

Should be an interesting night Monday and another great example of why Quebec needs a fair voting system.

Greg said...

It is a loser's argument. A sure sign of deep trouble. To know for sure that the government is going to lose, watch for someone in the party to say "If you want influence in the next government, vote for the governing party". Ten times out of ten, that government is going down.

Radical Centrist said...

Turp's riding is Mercier. And as for Quebec suicidaire, i can't believe anyone would want to vote for them. Their platform is so idiotic - at least it's comforting to note that there aren't too many people buying into their socialist fantasy world...