Things don't look for good for iffy in Quebec or anywhere else. The failbus tour has been all but ignored, except by we Blogging Tories, who mock it daily.
Hébert: Charest’s troubles only magnify Ignatieff woes in Quebec
Published On Wed Aug 25 2010
By Chantal Hébert National Columnist
The vacuum created by the simultaneous resignation of Michael Ignatieff’s former Quebec minister Jean-Marc Fournier as his adviser and the accidental death of his Quebec-savvy communications director Mario Laguë earlier this month may explain why the Liberal leader will devote his second summer foray in Quebec this week to the unlikely issue of pension reform.
Given that alone among the provinces Quebec actually runs a public pension system distinct from the Canada Pension Plan, the chosen theme for Thursday’s visit is an odd fit.
In fairness though, the issue of pension reform may well reflect the interests of a critical mass of Quebec federal Liberals. In this province, it is hard to determine which is aging faster: the federal Liberal membership or the ever-shrinking group of Catholic mass regulars.
Moreover, in light of their ongoing organizing challenges in Quebec, Liberal strategists are at least playing it safe by selecting an issue that comes with the potential of captive audiences.
Ignatieff will be spending the bulk of Thursday afternoon touring a Montreal South Shore seniors’ residence.
The first Quebec leg of Ignatieff’s summer tour last month went unnoticed and polls show that his cross-country travels have had no impact on the province’s electorate.