Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Charest and the grits, bq allies?

An interesting article by Bill Johnson.I have been quite disappointed by jean charest anti Canada volleys of late. Gerard Deltell of the ADQ is far less hostile to Canada, than charest of late. The Quebec liberal party is the problem in Quebec, as much as the separatists. That's why I support the ADQ. We mst get out of this federalist separatists nonsense so that Quebec can address its huge financial problems.

The separatist movement turned out jubilantly on Sunday in Montreal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of that day – Aug. 13, 1990 – when Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe was first elected to Parliament.

There was reason for the festive mood. In all six federal elections since 1993, the Bloc swept a majority of Quebec’s 75 seats – as it would again were an election held tomorrow.

Then, an opinion poll in Saturday’s La Presse had the Bloc’s Siamese sister, the Parti Québécois, leading the Liberals 39 per cent to 31 per cent. Among French speakers, the gap was 45 per cent to 24 per cent, portending a majority PQ government. And 66 per cent wanted Premier Jean Charest to step down.

The Bloc can be proud. But credit for impressive separatist performances should also go to the Bloc’s silent partner, the Quebec Liberal Party. The Liberals, under Robert Bourassa, Claude Ryan, Daniel Johnson Jr. and now Mr. Charest, created the conditions for the separatist parties to surge.

Anyone who doubts this symbiotic relationship need only consult the QLP’s website. There, the Liberals explain the eight values that define their party: individual freedoms, identification with Quebec, economic development, social justice, respect for civil society, democracy a hallmark of political action, intergenerational equity, and ties to Canada.

So one might expect a celebration of federalism as a fundamental value that distinguishes the QLP from the separatists, not to mention an appreciation of Quebec’s participation in Canada, the country recognized as among the most socially developed on Earth. But there’s not a single word of praise for Canada or federalism in the 2,260-word essay. Nowhere is Canada recognized as the country of Quebeckers


Brian Busby said...

Must say I'm surprised that you support the ADQ, the very same party that fought for the "Yes" vote in the 1995 referendum.

Roy Eappen said...

That was mario. The ADQ is decidedly more federalist now. The charest liberals have been bashing federalism every chance they get.

Brian Busby said...

Mario Dumont stepped down all of 18 months ago. I trust you'll appreciate my suspicions, especially since the ADQ has never sought to explain, apologize or distance itself from the stance it took back in 1995.

Hoarfrost said...

The province has always been corrupt in my memory and history bears me out. Les peuples des Quebec drove the English out in the 1970's to make Toronto the financial capital of the country. They are attempting to drive the rest of us out. I am extremely dissapointed in Charest. I thought that he was made of sterner stuff.

I think that I shall reconsider using Bell as my internet supplier because they are based in Montreal. Same with Air Canada.

If they separate they should be left with the few miles on each side of the St. Lawrence that they started out with.

Anonymous said...

I never liked Charest ever since he told during an election campaign, as a Conservative, outright lies about Preston Manning the leader of the Reform Party.
I like the pro family policies of the ADQ and their emphasis on improving the Quebec education system.

Sean M said...

The francophone tribe of Quebec are only concerned with themselves, their myopic, racist, deranged, distorted views of Quebec, it's history, and of Canada's would require years, or more likely decades to de-program. The francophone tribe of Quebec and the subsidized franco tribes spread across Canada share a delusional sense of their own existence and have been unfairly, and asymmetrically catered to for over 40 years, or at least since Pierre Turdo's revolution of identity politics, which gave the franco tribe it's perpetual special status and it's unfounded sense of entitlement. I'm not surprised that Charest or anyone else seeking power in that Province would ignore Canada, or use Canada as some kind of threat, strawman, or scapegoat for all of Quebec"s self inflicted problems. Bashing Canada or ignoring the fact that Quebec exists within Canada, and is grossly over rewarded for it, is how one appeals to the electorate of Quebec. To wield power in Quebec one must cater to the core belief system of the tribe that will give you power, and that's what Charest is doing.

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