Loyalty to the Sovereign means loyalty to Canada. On paper the dippers are a federalist party. Jack, thinks of himself as the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition. His interim replacement is a member of a hardline , radical provincial separatist party, Quebec Solidaire. Quebec Solidaire's lone mna is someone who marches against a Montreal business that sells a few shoes made in Israel. My friend Eric Duhaime has valiantly marched against khadir and his boycott for months. Indeed virtually every provincial and federal politician in Quebec has denounced this boycott by khadir. amir khadir represents the hard left. It's bad enough that turmel was a member of the bloc for 5 years until a month before she decided to run for the dippers. It is increasingly difficult to take this interim leader seriously. Without Jack, is this really the best they can do? These are the people who are HM's government in waiting?
MONTREAL - Even though there seems no reason not to believe New Democratic Party interim leader Nycole Turmel when she says she was never a separatist, Turmel needs to explain to Canadians why she was a member of the separatist Bloc Québécois for more than four years, and remains a member of the sovereignist Québec solidaire.
Voters will want to know – from her, in her own words – her views on the place of Quebec within Canada and whether she is prepared to fight for federalism.
In replacing NDP leader Jack Layton as he battles a recurrence of cancer, Turmel has taken on a position of key importance in Parliament. She is the leader of the official Opposition and in that role is expected to lead opposition debate on the government’s proposed legislation and public policy. If she and her party fail in that regard, they fail the Canadian people and the parliamentary system.