My friend and fellow RLQ founder has some good advice for the federal Tories in Quebec. Be conservative and support conservatives!
Do you wonder why Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party is unable to build a base in Quebec? Well, take a look at what happened on Monday night in Quebec’s byelections in the riding of Kamouraska-Temiscouata.
Quebec’s Liberal Premier, Jean Charest, heads the most unpopular government in the province since polls existed. His government is tainted by scandals and allegations of corruption that would make Brian Mulroney’s former government look like altar boys.
In a desperate attempt to keep the riding, Quebec Liberals have spent the last month being ... Liberals!
They tried to buy votes with taxpayers’ money by giving Bombardier a $1.3-billion contract without taking tenders. As a result, 500 new Montreal subway wagons will be built in La Pocatiere, in the heart of the riding.
Despite these shenanigans, the Liberals lost the byelection.
The Parti Quebecois (PQ) won with 37%, followed by Liberals at 36% and the Action democratique du Quebec (ADQ) at 23%.
The local Conservative MP, Bernard Genereux, gave his public endorsement to the Liberal candidate in that byelection, France Dionne, a former Liberal MNA from 1985 to 1997 who resigned to run as a federal Liberal candidate in 1997.
So why does a federal Conservative support a Liberal?