I found the French debate truly provincial and often petty. They couldn't find one person younger than 60 to ask a question? What about the 1 million Francophones that live outside Quebec? Next time both debates should be bilingual!
Tasha hits the nail on the head. Vote Tory let's get rid of the bloc and get Quebec truly re engaged with Confederation.
Like a pebble in your shoe, the Bloc represents a constant irritant to English Canada, as well as a constant background noise in Quebec, subliminally brainwashing it with the message that it is being screwed by the rest of the country. Gilles Duceppe’s arguments last night can be summed up in two sentences: Quebec wants to be its own country. Until then, please send money.
Money for forestry companies. For R and D. For HST harmonization. For the Champlain bridge. Even the journalists moderating the debate brought up the issue of the Champlain Bridge. In a national leaders’ debate, the issue of this one bridge took up more space than the environment, international trade, or other matters of true national importance.
Yet the paradox of an aspiring nation making such overtly provincial demands seemed lost on most observers, and sadly, voters, in la belle province. In the end, it was Duceppe’s night, as the French debates always are, by virtue not only of language but also of understanding of the dynamics of Quebec politics.