I write the following as a Quebecer, and not as a Montreal Gazette journalist.
I think Quebecers are beginning to get an idea of the long, hard road ahead with the current provincial Liberal government, and may be regretting dumping the Parti Québécois. Barely into their term, the Liberals are seeing people take to the streets to demonstrate against their policies, including the austerity measures Premier Couillard and his cohorts plan to force on the already overburdened taxpayers.
The PQ, which had a minority government, never really had a chance to govern properly, with the opposition parties looking for any opportunity to hold a non-confidence vote. And then things got seriously derailed when the PQ introduced their Quebec Charter of Values, which only was meant to make government institutions free of religious symbols. But the opposition parties made it seem much worse than that, and whipped up religious fervor — and the PQ got dumped.
And now the Liberals are talking about bringing in their own Charter that sounds somewhat similar to the PQ’s. And since they have a majority and lots of time, they can do what they want, eh?
What about the sovereignty issue, you might be asking.
Well, Quebecers opposed to sovereignty need not worry about it, because the majority are opposed, anyway. But Quebecers should be worried about quality of government. Sovereignty issues aside, the PQ has always been pretty good at running the province. And by the time the next election rolls around, it’s a safe bet that Quebecers will want rid of the Liberals . . . unless the PQ shoots itself in the foot by voting in Pierre Karl Péladeau as party leader to replace Madame Pauline Marois.
Monsieur Péladeau may be popular with certain business leaders, but I don’t think he is all that popular with les peuples. With him at the helm, I don’t think the party has a chance of being elected.
So, I’m glad today to see that Jean-François Lisée has joined the race for the Parti Québécois leadership. And I am happy to see that he is proposing to create a new wing of the party for anglophones, as reported by Philip Authier in a Montreal Gazette article. I will join it, if my paper doesn’t object, because I have long admired Monsieur Lisée for his honesty and for his dialogue with the anglophone community. I am confident that he would made a good premier of Quebec . . . for everyone in Quebec.
He’s got my vote.
So, bonne chance, Monsieur Lisée.