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CANADA: Diehard Sovereignists Turn Their Backs on the Parti QuéBéCois

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In the wake of last fall's election, the PQ's credibility with separatists has only weakened further

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pam w (139)
Sunday March 3, 2013, 7:29 pm
Reminds me of Texas....stamping their feet and demanding their own nation.


Ram Reddy (7)
Monday March 4, 2013, 8:27 am

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday March 4, 2013, 10:38 am
I don't think those two parties are really going anywhere for a couple of reasons:

First, Canada uses a first-past-the-post system, so everyone is afraid of dividing the vote. Sovereignists will continue to vote PQ if only to try to keep the (federalist) Liberals from winning a majority. The most likely scenario, and one that has played out in Canada repeatedly with other parties, is that these splinters merge with the PQ from a position of strength and transfer their leaders into leadership-positions in the "new" party.

Second, the NDP, which is traditionally a major third party in federal parliament more progressivist than the Liberals, is starting up a Quebec provincial branch. In the last federal election, the NDP dominated Quebec because Quebecers disliked both of the usual options, Liberals and Conservatives, and Jack Layton's personal charisma made hte party look like it could potentially win. There are highly amusing stories about how much of a surprise this was to the NDP: A lot of members signed up as candidates to allow supporters in their ridings to vote NDP in order to get the party the per-vote subsidies, and accidentally found themselves in parliament. An undergraduate student from my undergrad university had to suspend his studies because he accidentally got elected. For Americans here, imagine volunteering to help your party campaign, and having to uproot your life and move to D.C. because you ended up a senator. This is what happened because the NDP got so popular and so many people voted by party. In the last election, the NDP still had no provincial infrastructure, so its members tended to work for Quebec Solidaire and other third parties. Now not only will large chinks of those two parties leave to return to the party for which they really wanted to work, but the NDP will probably get a lot of the votes that went to others in the last election, likely destroying all minor parties.

Elizabeth M (65)
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:08 pm
Noted and article read. In my opinion I would not like to see the Parti QueBecois have any more power. Hope that the NDP will get even more of the votes. I have always fought for our country being whole and not separated.
Thanks for this article Cal.

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday March 4, 2013, 12:37 pm
Fascinating to see how many nationalist groups are clambering for their own country, I thought the trend was toward internationalism. I do like the comparison between Quebec and Texas, both prospective nations seem to be as an outside observer "full of sound and fury signifying nothing"

Helen Porter (39)
Monday March 4, 2013, 10:58 pm
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