This makes me very happy. Another reason to celebrate the end of electoral welfare.
To understand just how moribund the Bloc Québécois has become, study the results of its leadership race, which concluded on the weekend with the selection of Daniel Paillé, a former BQ MP from the Montreal riding of Hochelaga.
In May, the Bloc had 50,000 members. By voting day on Sunday, it had 36,000. That means that in just seven months, it has lost more than a quarter of its rank-and-file, the people who are the backbone of any election campaign — canvassing support, making calls, putting up lawn signs, arranging voters’ rides to the polls and so on.
On top of that, just 39% of Bloc members bothered to vote in the contest. Mr. Paille earned 7,868 votes. His chief rival, Maria Mourani (one of just four Bloc MPs to retain her seat in May’s federal election), received only 4,972.