A Monumental Quebec Election Result

For those who do not read the political commentary in the National Post, I commend Andrew Coyne’s analysis of the Quebec election result. As I write this, it’s 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, the television coverage has ended, Pauline Marois and her odious “Charter” have been swept into the garbage bin as in the Aislin cartoon which will appear this morning in the Montreal press, separatism is off the table for the foreseeable future, and “we can get on with building a prosperous society for all of us together” (the gist of Premier-elect Philippe Couillard’s victory speech tonight). Good news for Quebecers; good news for the rest of Canada. I will write more on this for Friday’s post.

P.S: When the television coverage ended, the results were 70 seats for the Liberals, 30 for the Parti Québécois, 22 for the Coalition Avenir Québec, and 3 for Québec Solidaire. Pauline Marois was defeated in her own riding. 

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5 comments

    • Beth

      The Effervescent Bubble is becoming the news!
      I am thrilled to see Marois and and gang crushed. And thanks for the Coyne article.

  1. Frances

    Followed till midnight myself. I like Andrew Coyne’s analysis most of the time and will read the National Post. Marois should seriosly reflect on what this outcome says about her way of thinking.

  2. Fred

    At a dinner party in Vancouver in March some invitees were agitated about Quebec separation based on the unexamined assumptions that the PQ would get a majority; having done so, call a referendum and win it; and then succeed in making Quebec a sovereign state. These were all dubious propositions in my view,involving a lot of “ifs.” I insisted that “things don’t happen until they do.” My attempt to pour oil on troubled-waters was an utter failure.

    As it turned out, the first “if” never happened. People in Quebec are not idiots and do not favour a referendum and a possible independence of Quebec at any cost. As Marcel Cote famously wrote in If Quebec Goes, “The era of heroic sacrifices is over.” See, as an example, the public reaction in BC to a consumption tax and it’s effect on the political career of one now former Premier Gordon Campbell. Even if the heroic sacrifice has to be made for Quebec to become a sovereign state, most voters will not want to make it.

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