Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Got Punked

Golly. I see Stephen Harper FINALLY got a chance to show why some weird religious organization, named him the Statesman of the Year.No. Not at this meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, the creator of the "Bibi Bomb" as inspired by the Road Runner.Because that was just man love.Read more »

CuriosityCat: Quebec election: What Francois Legault should do

Now that the dust is settling, a PQ minority government will take over in Quebec with roughly one-third of the vote, while the Legault Coalition party will end up with far fewer seats than its roughly 27% of the votes should grant it. However, Legault’s Coalition party now holds the balance of power, and sooner ...

Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes

Pauline Marois, perhaps Quebec’s first female Premier, tells a young girl that she too could one day run for office…assuming she speaks French, of course. The polls have closed across the Nation of Quebec. The campaign started as a truly unpredictable three-way race. It wasn’t hard to imagine a scenario where Jean Charest ran against ...

CuriosityCat: Why Quebec should give Charest the pink slip on Tuesday

Jean Charest and his Liberals have been a relatively good government for the past nine years, but it is time for that province to elect a new Premier with a new agenda. Charest has done many things that are positive. His Quebec North policy is the right thing for Quebec. Canada is a small

Calgary Grit: Your Guess is as Good as Mine

Three parties entered the Quebec election with a chance to win, and while the PQ appears to be stumbling to victory, it’s nearly impossible to predict what will happen on Tuesday. Of course, that’s not stopping anyone. La Presse (thanks to CROP) projects a PQ minority, while the National Post (thanks to Forum) and the ...

Impolitical: Legault raises the notwithstanding clause

This may sow some sober second thoughts during the last week of this Quebec campaign: “Quebec party mulls notwithstanding clause to retain MDs.” One of CAQ leader Francois Legault’s major promises in the election campaign is to ensure that all Quebecers have a family doctor within a year of the election. That’s a sweeping promise ...

Calgary Grit: Quebec Votes

Jean Charest has been around forever. He’s the longest serving Quebec Premier since Maurice Duplesis, and has been PLQ leader for over 14 years. Older Quebecers no doubt remember him from his role on the “Non” campaign in 1995, and his time as a curly haired Cabinet Minister in the Brian Mulroney government. So it’s ...

Blunt Objects: Death of the CAQ, Return of the PQ?

That was certainly quick. A couple of months after François Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) swallowed up the old Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ), and ended up with eight experienced members of l’Assemblée Nationale, the party has spent the last four polls from three different companies in third place, behind the traditional péquistes and les ...

Blunt Objects: What do Quebec and the GOP Primary Have in Common?

There seems to be a new frontrunner every week. Well, maybe that’s not exactly what’s happening in Quebec, and no longer now with the GOP primary as conservative voters line up behind Rick “Don’t Go To College Kids” Santorum, but the situation is eerily similar. Like Newt Gingrich or Rick Perry, the centre-right Coaliton Avenir ...

Blunt Objects: Quebec a la post-2011 and Equipe Autonomiste

Here at Blunt Objects we seek to provide lovely graphics wherever possible, such as now. Here’s what I’ve culminated so far for Quebec’s rapidly changing political environment  (which now includes yet ANOTHER party, which I’ll get to in a bit here). Here’s where the parties stand at right now: You can click on the map ...

Blunt Objects: Four MNAs Become Caquistes; New By-Election for 2012

I love that title – “caquiste.” It works, doesn’t it? So four independent MNAs have joined François Legault’s Coaltion and have become its first sitting deputies before the merger deal with the ADQ is finalized. The four MNAs are former pequistes Daniel Ratthé and Benoît Charette, and former adequistes Éric Caire and Marc Picard. From ...

Blunt Objects: How to Project Quebec?

I’m coming across a bit of a quandry when attempting to project the province of Quebec’s seats that takes into account a proper, regional balance of the Coalition Avenir du Quebec’s new-found success. My original model followed a basic average of the amount of voter drift between the older parties and the CAQ in three ...

Trying To Understand Politics In Quebec These Days–Part 1–Is Sovereignty Really Dead? The Potential Resurrection of Gilles Duceppe

I had heard nothing from the federalist media, particularly from those from the right who say nothing but sovereignty is dead in la belle province. The evidence they have? Well, some polls, which I do take with a grain of salt–the usual suspects–Leger Marketing.  Sadly, that is all most Quebecers have to work . . ...

Blunt Objects: Last Week on As Quebec Turns….

The political drama in the province of Quebec these days is probably some of the most complicated in the world, involving prickly voters with nationalist sentiments who are tired of nationalist vs. federalist arguments and will seemingly vote for any party that offers something new, whether left or right of centre, but also depending upon ...

Francois Legault Finally Announces Official Launch of His New Provincial Party–Coalition pour l’Avenir du Quebec Tomorrow

Well, boys ‘n’ girls, it looks like this is the moment many have been waiting for; the moment where Francois Legault’s fictitious party becomes a reality.  He is to announce this tomorrow.  It should be interesting to see how those same polls who had Legault on top, as a fictitious party, will have . . ...

Upcoming By-Election In Bonaventure is Something Quebec Voters Should Be Watching And Why I am Rooting for The Liberal Candidate

The by-election in the Gaspesie riding of Bonaventure will be held on December 5–less than a month from now.  It’s a by-election, much like last year’s by-election in Kamouraska-Temiscouata, will be one to watch. The task at hand is to elect a successor to former natural resources minister and deputy premier, Nathalie Normandeau, . . ...

Leftist Jab: François Legault Will Bring No Change In Quebec Politics

The last few months in Quebec politics have been even more tumultuous than usual. An Orange Wave swept the province in the Federal election, Jean Charest finds new ways to be despised and the PQ hits the political self-destruct button. From this shake-up emerges former PQ minister François Legault whose newly-formed Coalition pour l’avenir du Québec ...

Blunt Objects: Quebec’s Just Looking For Love

Sadly, in all the wrong places. As the above graphic shows, the swings in provincial politics in Quebec are absolutely amazing. Given the option of Francoise Legault or Gilles Duceppe, Quebecois go wild and vote en masse (as much as 35%~ can be considered “en masse”) for them, and will apparently vote in droves in ...

CalgaryGrit: Revirement

While the latest round of elections suggest Canadians are craving stability, the situation is starkly different in Quebec. Consider the latest poll from Leger: Legault 36%Lib 22%PQ 18%ADQ 9%QS 7%Green 5%Other 3% “Legault” refers to “a new party led by Francois Legault”, the former PQ Cabinet Minister who heads the Coalition pour l’avenir du Quebec, ...

Blunt Objects: Is the PLQ the Only Viable Opposition to Legault?

According to this Léger Marketing poll, well, yeah – they are. The results without Francoise Legault’s Mystery Party as an option has the PLQ leading the Parti Québécois, 31% to 26%, with Action Democratique at 16%, Québec Solidaire at 9%, and the Parti Vert at 5%. A further 13% chose the “other” option. However, with ...

Impolitical: Moving pieces in Quebec

MacPherson in the Gazette on the latest poll showing a new Francois Legault led party in the lead just ahead of the Liberals and with the PQ trailing in third: The Liberals need a stronger PQ to split the francophone opposition vote more evenly with Legault. And there’s another reason they need a stronger PQ: ...

Blunt Objects: Parti Québécois Faces Oblivion – Again

According to this poll done for the Journal de Montréal, the Parti québécois is facing some very dire straights these days: Selon un sondage Léger Marketing réalisé pour le compte de l’Agence QMI, le Parti québécois n’a plus que 24 % des intentions de vote, après répartition des indécis. Le PQ se retrouve donc 10 ...