dimanche 17 mars 2013

From a political orphan

Philippe Couillard has just elected as the new provincial Liberal leader.  To me, he represents all that was wrong with our Liberals.  Under his guidance they will become another center right party sharing the vote with the C.A.Q. (Coalition Avenir Québec).
Then there will be the hodge podge of sovereignist parties more or less center left, well Québec Solidaire and Option Nationale, far left.  But, I am not a sovereignist, nor a center rightist.
So, from now on, where should  a center left voter go to?
In the next election, I guess I will have to cast a white bulletin.  First time in my life.

8 commentaires:

  1. i know next to nothing about canadian politics but i look forward to learning more here. what is a white bulletin?

    1. It's a bulletin not marked where it should be. You just leave the little squares or circles next to the candidates names unmarked. You have voted, nobody can take your place, what we used to call "telegraphs" when people new what a telegraph was.
      It is not an abstention but more akin to a protest vote...though they are not formally counted.

  2. Réponses
    1. In order to stay connected there has to be something to connect to. Presently, up here, there is nothing much to connect to.

  3. C'est un problème terrible, Paul. Je sais à peine voter plus, avec le NPD se déplaçant au milieu.

    A bas (en bas)?) avec tous les politiciens. Quand je pense aux les politiciens, ma tête est en difficulté.

    Pauvre Canada; pauvre ours!

  4. À bas tous les politiciens? Il doit bien y en avoir quelques uns d'honnête?
    Le N.P.D. sent le pouvoir à sa portée. Il sait bien que la majorité est au centre, alors il s'en rapproche même au prix de trahir certains supporteurs.

  5. If you are left-leaning but not a sovereignist, why not vote PQ anyway? Given that the two previous sovereignty referendums failed, why should any future one succeed?

    Think only of the fact that Quebec, like the rest of Canada, becomes more multi-cultural each passing day. Given that multi-culturists in Quebec won't likely support support separatism, it follows that separatism becomes less likely with each passing day.

    I find it strange that Quebec separatists promise that an independent Quebec would keep the Canadian dollar - the very dollar that, thanks to Alberta oil, is in fact a petro-dollar priced way too high for Quebec's own good.

    Far better for an independent Quebec (unlikely as it is) to have its own currency, whose cheapness would attract foreign investors and tourists, as well as making it easier for Quebec manufacturers to export their stuff and create jobs.

    1. Christopher, it's not as clean cut as that. The last referendum was lost by less than 1% of the vote, give or take one or two points due to some irregularities. The next one could go any which way.
      Our sovereignist minister of culture, for instance is Makka Kotto, an immigrant from Cameroun, one political adviser for the P.Q. is called Nunez.
      40% of French Canadians are sovereignty sympathizers though not outright seperatists. The children of Bill 101 are leaning toward the P.Q. and they may be the next wave.
      Nothing is settled and the R.O.C. can not be sure that the P.Q. would not win the next, as the Gazette's Josh Fried says, "neverendum.