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the disgruntled democrat: In the End, Quebecers Are Not All That Different From the Vast Majority of Canadians: They Prefer To Be Governed Than To Govern

Mercifully, this sorry spectacle of a general election in Quebec is over.  I can’t remember a campaign so empty of any real debate as it came down to a choice between an extremely lame Charter of Values that would have banned the overly overt display of religious affiliation in the public service and the dubious . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: In the End, Quebecers Are Not All That Different From the Vast Majority of Canadians: They Prefer To Be Governed Than To Govern

LeDaro: Liberal Majority in Quebec

Pundits were cautious about the Liberals, seeing a majority as a remote possibility, more likely a minority. The third party CAQ was seen as having a last minute “surge” in the campaign but that surge did not materialize to the extent some pundits expected. While CAQ did pick up a few more seats, . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Liberal Majority in Quebec

the disgruntled democrat: Thanks But No Thanks Quebec: Take My Ballot And Shove It

Well, I have decided not to vote in this charade of an election.  My principle reason is that my vote does not count — it is totally ineffective — because I live in a region where the same political party, the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ), has taken all of the region’s seats for the . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Thanks But No Thanks Quebec: Take My Ballot And Shove It

the disgruntled democrat: Parasites Have Infected And Taken Over Quebec’s Body Politic

In nature, there are parasites that invade a host, take control of its movements for their own benefit, often leading to the host’s demise.n

My favorite example of this life process is the Lancet liver fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum).

In short, as an adult the Lancet liver fluke spends its time in the liver of a . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Parasites Have Infected And Taken Over Quebec’s Body Politic

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Questioning legacies: Flaherty and the PQ

This week’s podcast takes on government economic policy.

First, Armine Yalnizyan looks back at the tenure of Jim Flaherty as federal Finance Minister; the interview is based on an article she recently published in the Globe and Mail. Armine is a senoir economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She is also a founding . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Questioning legacies: Flaherty and the PQ

the disgruntled democrat: Groundhog Day in Quebec: Another Boomer-Driven Lose-Lose Election

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.    (Max Planck)

The big problem with the latest Quebec general election is that once again the issues are . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Groundhog Day in Quebec: Another Boomer-Driven Lose-Lose Election

Pample the Moose: Quebec election and electoral reform

To follow up on my earlier post about the Quebec election, here’s a link to an article in the Montreal Gazette, where I speak a bit about past elections in Quebec and how the first-past-the-post system leads to some particularly wide divergences between the popular vote and the seat count in the legislature.

There’s quite . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Quebec election and electoral reform

Pample the Moose: Quebec election and electoral reform

To follow up on my earlier post about the Quebec election, here’s a link to an article in the Montreal Gazette, where I speak a bit about past elections in Quebec and how the first-past-the-post system leads to some particularly wide divergences betwee… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Quebec election and electoral reform

Pample the Moose: Notes on the Quebec election

Greetings from sunny Calgary, Alberta, where I am getting set to talk about French-as-a-second-language education policy at a language policy conference.  This is in some respects a peculiar venue from which to blog about the Quebec election results, and yet in others it seems perfect.  Here’s why:

Like many, I was rather baffled in the . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Notes on the Quebec election

Pample the Moose: Notes on the Quebec election

Greetings from sunny Calgary, Alberta, where I am getting set to talk about French-as-a-second-language education policy at a language policy conference.  This is in some respects a peculiar venue from which to blog about the Quebec election resul… . . . → Read More: Pample the Moose: Notes on the Quebec election

Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Gavrilo Princip under arrest in Sarajevo in 1914. But a speedy arrest wasn’t enough to avert a long war. Below, Quebec Premier Designate Pauline Marois.

If you think about it – and you can bet on it that the Canadian gun lobby will refuse to do so – the murderous man with the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge

A Montreal punk rock band recently released “>Carré rouge, a fast-paced music video inspired by classic punk sounds, and carried by collective chants from the massive street demonstrations sparked by the historic Quebec student strike.

“Loi spéciale, refusé! À qui la rue? À nous la rue! Carré rouge! Carré rouge! Carré rouge!” . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Punk rock video conveys the energy of Quebec’s Carré rouge

Trashy's World: Yeah.

Quebeckers? Think about it. Do you really want another separatist government or one that is even greener and unknown than the péquistes? Think about it. (8) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Trashy's World: Madame Marois and the PQ…

… are quickly losing credibility. Contradictions and confusion in the Parti Québécois’ referendum strategy have come back to haunt Pauline Marois’s campaign, fueling attacks against the sovereigntist leader’s evolving plan to transform her province into an independent country. Personally, I don’t think Marois could transform a kettle of water into tea, let alone a province . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Madame Marois and the PQ…