Monday, December 06, 2010

Tories in Quebec

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?


Anonymous said...

I hadn't heard that. Not a great idea!

It doesn't help in general that the Gazette does everything it can to omit good news about the Conservatives or the A.D.Q. The lengthy news report of the P.Q. victory in the by-election omitted to mention the 23% won by the A.D.Q. These are pretty decent numbers given the uneven history of the A.D.Q. since Mario Dumont resigned.
To add insult to injury the Gazette has yet to publish my letter pointing out this journalistic omission in the coverage of a much-watched by-election.

CanadianSense said...

It is my understanding the CPC don't have a ground game in QC in 2006 or 2008.

The ADQ did not deliver results in 2006 for the CPC?

The Charest Liberals were able to spike the ball much like DW did in NFLD.

Charest was more subtle than DW in helping the other guy.

The CPC don't have the resources or networks in QC outside their beach head around Quebec City.

(This is from my chatting with ex-PC supporter and little nuggets from Liberals I have picked up)

Anonymous said...

Hmm, it makes me wonder if the ADQ members in that riding should bother supporting the Tories in the next election. If the Tories can't even muster up a bit of support for 'small c conservatives' in a by-election, but rather support a corruption scandalled PLQ, well...

tit for tat, and all that.

oh, and the Gazette is getting better at covering the ADQ and removing the 'anti-ADQ' Liberal messaging system that was in place there. It just takes time. The ADQ also has to be able to put policies forward that deserve coverage of course.

Anonymous said...

Why not a strategic deal between the ADQ and conservatives? (real conservative)

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