Compete for the remains of the Bloc québécois
Photo Agence QMI, Simon Clark
As Stephen Harper before him, Andrew Scheer came to make its small turn to give the hand to the Bonhomme Carnaval in front of the cameras…. The continuation of the folklorization of Quebec to the PCC.
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No need to spend too many words for a long time on the crisis and the schism that tore the Bloc québécois for weeks.
Almost swept away by the 2011 orange wave ndp in the federal election of 2015, the Bloc had managed to elect 10 mps thanks in large part to the temporary return of its former leader Gilles Duceppe to campaign.
However, in reality, this thin crop of 10 mps obscured the essential. That it was still very little. Too little even to be a party officially recognized in the House of commons. The Block is held by a wire, but rare were those who dared to say it openly.
Invited to Tout le monde en parle a couple of days of the federal election of 2015, the question I was asked: what was my prediction for the Block to the election? Without making a prediction, I went on just this. Is that the greatest danger was stirring the Block, in my humble opinion, it was not until its disappearance in the election than the possibility that it may be rather elect a few deputies, and that, in doing so, he prolongs his agony for another term. So, here we are.
The schism of the current and the stubbornness of the head of Martine Ouellet to hang on despite the departure of 7 meps, bloquistes on 10 may sound the death knell of the Block in the election of 2019.
In such a context, there is nothing surprising to see the other federal political parties compete for already the remains of the Block.
Always popular in Quebec, despite a decrease of support to the PLC through English Canada, Justin Trudeau aims surely a few counties bloquistes to 2019.
Ditto for the NDP, and now, even for the conservative Party.
(Recall that according to a recent survey/Light the Log, The PLC and the conservative Party would now be nose-to-nose in Canada while in Quebec, the Bloc would have dropped to 12%.)
Sniffing, he believes, the right opportunity, the new chief curator, Andrew Scheer, jumps in the arena.
In an open letter, he launches his invitation to Quebecers : “Together, let’s build the Canada of tomorrow.”
Just as Stephen Harper would often say, Mr. Scheer repeats the same refrain : “I am convinced that many Quebecers believe in the conservative principles. (…) you want that the federal government respects the provinces ‘ fields of jurisdiction and its obligation to our provincial partners, and works in collaboration with them. (…) These elements are all part of our vision conservative positive for Canada. I know that many Quebecers support these principles and want a responsible government that respects them.”
Words, words, words, as the song says… Nothing new under the sun and most importantly, nothing concrete.
During this time, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh puts everything at least a little bit of flesh around the bone. In addition to assuming the traditional position of the NDP to respect the right of Quebecers to self-determination, the chief neo-democrat railed against tax havens, is opposed to the leave of taxes for the benefit of the giants of the web such as Netflix under the Trudeau government, promises to reopen the constitution and give Quebec the responsibility to request only one report of taxes on its citizens, etc, Even though the NDP is far from even the possibility of taking power, its favourable position in Québec are nevertheless brave in the face to the voters of the rest of the country.
Nothing of the sort, or so little, at Andrew Scheer.
If the Block is found reduced to a trickle in the election of 2019 – it is not known yet what will be on their side of the 7 mps who had resigned, -, its support remaining will surely be safe to try for the other courses.
But the conservative Party, as Andrew Scheer? I don’t believe it.