Saturday, September 01, 2012
Another insightful piece by Lord Black. I also expect a minority government, though I fear a pq win. The Quebec election campaign, which will end with Tuesday’s election, reflects a modern campaign tradition in which leaders ambiguously go to and fro, nibbling at the edges of issues and then retracing their steps. This past week, for instance, Liberal premier Jean Charest said he would urge Ottawa to apply Bill 101’s language strictures to the federal presence in Quebec — before backtracking. For her part, Pauline Marois dusted off a radical plan to exclude non-French speakers from elected office — before she too backed down. My prediction is that the Quebec election will produce a result roughly analogous to that observed in Britain two years ago (which also was a three-way affair): the defeat of all parties.