The latest opinion poll is more bad news for charest and the Quebec grits. The ADQ is now second among Francophone Quebecers. ADQ support has spiked!
William Johnson thinks Charest should take a cue from BC liberal premier Gordon Campbell and resign.
What should Captain Canada do now?
In 1998, Jean Charest was pressed to leave Ottawa and leap to Quebec to lead the foundering Quebec Liberal Party. He alone, so the chorus chanted, could save Canada after the fright of the 1995 secession referendum and Lucien Bouchard’s accession as Quebec’s premier. Mr. Bouchard, after a near-fatal attack from flesh-eating disease, rose from his hospital bed, and it seemed he could walk on water. He threatened to achieve Quebec’s independence after Jacques Parizeau’s near miss.
Mr. Charest was Canada’s last best hope, agreed The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Financial Post and the Montreal Gazette. The call to duty was intoned by Don Martin, Jeffrey Simpson, Richard Gwyn, Paul Wells, Robert Fife, Sean Durkan, Douglas Fisher, David Crane, Don Macpherson … When he actually made the jump, Gazette editorial page editor Jennifer Robinson wrote: “Jean Charest has taken Quebec by storm. … At least for now, thanks to l’effet Charest, separatists are in full retreat." She warned against federalist “extremists": “Over-heated rants and polemics from the [Howard] Galganovs, [Keith] Hendersons and [William] Johnsons of the English community are not needed now that Charest is on the scene."