Calgary Grit: Chopping Bloc

The good news for the Bloc is that there’s now a bit more elbow room in the back of the caucus car: Maria Mourani, Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Ahuntsic, has been kicked out of the Bloc Quebecois caucus over her opposition to the controversial “charter of values” proposed by the Quebec ...

Calgary Grit: Dog Days of August

Georges Laraque claims to be an animal lover. But see if he gets PETA’s endorsement once they find out he used to beat up sharks, ducks, and penguins. It’s the third summer of the Stephen Harper majority government. Leadership races have been run, the Cabinet has been shuffled, but we won’t be going to the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Boxing Day reading – with plenty of interesting news below the headlines. – Naturally the Globe and Mail’s headline focuses on a modest dip (to a 14-point lead) in Quebec rather than the NDP’s strong national performance. But the more noteworthy development in the latest Nanos polling looks to be the ...

Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate

It’s official, Daniel Paille has won the Bloc Quebecois leadership with a little over 61% on the second ballot (they used a preferential voting system).   Ahuntsic MP, Maria Mourani came in second and  Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapedia’s rookie MP, Jean-Francois Fortin came in third and was knocked off the second round. I contend that this . . ...

Impolitical: New kid on the Bloc

Chantal Hébert had an interesting column yesterday. She raised the possibility of a future Quebec by-election scenario featuring new Bloc leader Daniel Paillé versus Brian “I’m a Quebec kid” Topp. Whoa. Which is why I won’t be holding my breath. Not enough fun things happen in Canadian politics and that would be a fun one. ...

Accidental Deliberations: On eroding bases

It’s far too early to declare anything decided as to what’s going to happen in Canada’s next federal election. But for anybody looking for an early indication as to whether or not we’ll see a Bloc resurgence, about the only more clear sign than this… The Bloc Québécois had held 47 of Quebec’s 75 seats ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Some Guy With Scrofulous Communist Beard Elected To Lead BQ

Also, Daniel Paillé  looks like he’s had a few teeth knocked out in waterfront brawls.  And not very sanitary.  Overall a win for Canada?