Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Why Stephen Harper Also Lost the Quebec Election
I only wrote one post about the Quebec election, because I knew that Pauline Marois' hideous version of the Parti Québécois was going to lose, from the moment she embraced Pierre Karl Péladeau.
And he raised his fist in the air and with a crazed look on his face demanded a country. Even though polls showed that an overwhelming majority of Quebecers didn't want another referendum.
And would make absolutely sure that the PQ couldn't hold one.
But who knew that the Concrete Lady would hit the ground so hard?
Pauline Marois’s tenure as the first female premier of Quebec was short-lived. After only 18 months in office, her minority government was ousted in no uncertain terms. She even lost her own riding of Charlevoix-Côte-de-Beaupré – and announced she is quitting politics after a seven-year stint as party leader.
And the even better news is that she isn't the only loser. So are a whole generation of increasingly right-wing separatists.
Quebecers put the dream of an aging cohort of sovereigntist baby boomers on indefinite and — perhaps — permanent hold on Monday. In the process, they have inflicted a life-threatening defeat on the Parti Québécois.
And even better still, so is Stephen Harper...
Because I don't believe this for a minute.
After Philippe Couillard, the next Liberal premier of Quebec, the happiest man in Canada Monday night had to be Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Make no mistake, a victorious PQ would have held a referendum, and it would have counted on Mr. Harper’s unpopularity in Quebec to help the party win it. Mr. Harper would have been confronted with the hardest test of any prime minister: holding the country together.
I believe it's the product of the kind of blind conventional thinking, that has left us living in a country where even our democracy is threatened.
The refusal or inability to understand that Stephen Harper is NOT a Prime Minister like any other...
Because I haven't the slightest doubt that if push came to shove, and he was desperate enough, Harper would put his narrow political interests before the interests of Canada.
He would have welcomed or even provoked a fight with Marois, and used it to distract people from all his scandals, by posing as Captain Canada, making national unity the main issue of the next election.
And of course by smearing Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau as closet separatists, and potential traitors.
I mean does anybody seriously believe that he wouldn't have done that?
But now he can't. That weapon has been taken away from him.
Thanks to the decisive action of these amazing people who I love so much...
And the best news is that now that divisive issue is out of the way, we can join forces with them and concentrate on defeating the common enemy: Stephen Harper and his filthy Con regime.
Because let's not forget that NOBODY hates Harper more than Quebecers. And you need a microscope to find a Con MP in that province. Which is the way it should be everywhere.
Yup. Merci Québec.
Bye Bye Pauline.
Harper you're NEXT...
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