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NDP Planning Quebec Expansion

NDP Planning Quebec Expansion

After winning 59 seats in Quebec in the last federal election, the NDP has announced plans to build a provincial party there.

The party has never had a provincial wing in Quebec run a full roster of candidates. Prior to 2011, they had only ever won one seat in La Belle Province. That seat was won in a 2007 by-election by Thomas Mulcair, now the leader of the New Democrats. The party’s breakthrough in Quebec is attributed to hard work by former leader Jack Layton who always wanted to win Quebec, and to Mulcair who raised the party’s image in that province after winning Outremont.

Mulcair was concerned about the party’s membership numbers in the province, but those numbers grew during the leadership race and should continue to grow with 58 MPs representing all regions.

The party will have four years to prepare. Quebec is in the midst of a provincial election at the moment, with a vote scheduled September 4. There are four parties vying for government this year — the Liberals, led by current Premier Jean Charest, the Parti Quebecois, Quebec Solidaire and the Coalition Avenir Quebec, led by François Legault, a former member of Charest’s cabinet.

At the moment, the race is between Pauline Marois’ Parti Quebecois, a separatist party, and Jean Charest’s Liberals, who are facing accusations of corruption. There appears to be plenty of room for a new party that promises progressive policies and also wants Quebec to remain a part of Canada.

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7:53PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

By the way, the Parti Québécois has just been declared the winner of the election. However, they will be attempting to govern from a minority position, so they'll have to scale back on some of the ideas in their platform if they want to hold on to power.

7:50PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

I can't see a Québec branch of the NDP as being much different from the current Québec Solidaire Party, with the exception of one being federalist and one being separatist.

The current political landscape in Québec already has 5 major political parties (if you also include the Option Nationale, a hardline separatist party) and I'm not sure if the NDP would be able to carve out much of a niche for itself other than by piggy-backing on the federal brand. There's simply too much fragmentation right now.

7:16AM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

I'm glad to see it. We need another major federalist party to turn topics other than sovereignty into election-issues.

6:09PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Interesting

1:17PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

tally-ho!!
c'est bon!

6:50AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

Go for it!

10:19AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

thanks

9:55AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Awesome, just maybe some good will come out of this!

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