Saturday, July 12, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Losing Battle for Quebec
Well as you know, and as I mentioned the other day, Stephen Harper has set out to try to woo the province of Quebec.
Or at least the people in the relatively small region in and around Quebec City, where he is planning to hold a special cabinet meeting.
The rare cabinet meeting to be held outside Ottawa, which is in preparation for early September, will allow Mr. Harper to promote the role of Conservative Fathers of Confederation in protecting the rights of the provinces when Canada was founded in 1867.
Because in the rest of the province his amatory advances wouldn't stand a chance...
But so deranged and desperate is Great Leader, that he has started comparing himself to George-Étienne Cartier.
And claiming credit for vanquishing the SEPARATISTS !!!!
“The gradual decline in Quebec separatist sentiment throughout the stewardship of our government – a government which has honoured Cartier’s principles – is something we should take pride in,” Mr. Harper told supporters in Calgary.
And to make matters worse, Paul Wells is once again encouraging Lord Harp's wild fantasies.
If the Parti Québécois had won a record-high vote in the spring election and the Bloc had moved from four seats in 2004 to 54 today, Harper would come in for his share of the blame. The opposite has happened; should he get no credit?
I kind of liked it the old way, when “strong federal leaders” were forever “standing up for Canada” in near-constant confrontations with Quebec premiers, both Péquiste and Liberal. Those were the days when a letter from Stéphane Dion to some PQ personality could brighten the entire press gallery’s day. Harper’s way is more boring. But there is all kinds of evidence that he’s robbed the separatist fire of oxygen.
Because let's be clear eh? While it's true that Harper managed to avoid a clash with Pauline Marois' ghastly PQ regime, it's only because she wasn't in power long enough.
And he has had absolutely NOTHING to do with the decline of the sovereignty movement.
It was brought down by self inflicted wounds, and generational change.
By among other things the children of Bill 101, who being more confident about the Quebec Nation's chances of survival than their parents...
Don't need the separatist threat to protect them, and are more open to the world, including Canada.
And Marois was defeated because she refused to acknowledge that reality, and insisted on threatening Quebecers with another referendum.
Even though the vast majority of them didn't want one...
So Harper has nothing to brag about. Not only was he a mere onlooker to events beyond his control.
His grotesque right-wing policies have united Quebecers against him, while alienating more and more of them from what is going on in Con Canada, which to many of them might as well be another planet.
He has driven us apart on a psychological level, not brought us together. And the way he used Quebec's Fete Nationale recently for cheap partisan purposes, was both shabby and shameful.
In engaging in such partisanship, the prime minister missed a good opportunity to deliver a more inclusive message and help shape a vision for the future in this province where political attitudes are becoming more fluid. By using the holiday for political gain, however, the prime minister showed a tin political ear.
Despite the first Conservative government under Harper in 2006 having pushed through a resolution in Parliament recognizing “les Québécois” as a nation, Harper has failed to connect with Quebecers in a meaningful way. His party has lost much of the support it had in 2006, and Harper failed Tuesday to generate any new momentum.
So much for his chances of winning any new seats.
So much for Great Father of Confederation Leader.
So much for the slayer of the separatist menace...
And the best news? Quebecers may be incredibly alienated from the federal political scene, but their hatred for Stephen Harper and his foul alien Con regime remains intact.
And they will turn out in droves in the next election to support whoever they think has the best chance to defeat them.
Just like they did in the last election when they saw the Liberals were faltering, and they switched their votes from the Bloc Québécois to Jack Layton's NDP, in a desperate attempt to stop the Cons from winning another mandate.
Yup. Take it from me eh? Who understands the great French Nation in Canada, and loves it so much I even live with one of its members. Tabarnac !#@!!!
When the time comes.
When the fate of the country hangs in the balance.
Quebecers will be there to help us save it...
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