Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Quebec's Early Election May Well Change the National Political Situation

Philippe Couillard 
Nineteen months after they were ousted from power, the Liberals in Quebec will form the province's next majority government. The election itself, called early by the PQ with majority hopes in sight, was a gamble from the start.

The Liberals took 70 seats in the 125 seat National Assembly, the Parti Québécois 30, the Coalition Avenir Québec 22 and Québec Solidaire three. The Liberals entered this election campaign as the official opposition, but battled back from a public backlash and integrity questions.

It was a clear message from Quebec voters that economic stability was more important than lingering questions about the party's integrity. And, that the population didn't want the divisive politics that emerged as a result of the PQ's proposed secular values charter. Capitalizing on PQ missteps around the referendum and cultural issues, the former neurosurgeon Couillard (who once worked as a health minister for five years alongside the environment minister Tom Mulcair and also once served on the Security Intelligence Review Committee) and his team convinced Quebecers that the “vraies affaires,” or real issues, that mattered most to the province were the economy and jobs.

Is Quebec separatism dead? CBC's At Issue panel — Andrew Coyne, Chantal Hébert and Bruce Anderson — agree that it's barely breathing. "It's probably the most crushing blow to the sovereignty movement and the Parti Québécois since they lost the first referendum in 1980 by a margin of 60-40," Hébert told CBC's chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge in the wake of the PQ's historic defeat Monday night. Coyne noted that the Parti Québécois's popular vote total was its worst showing ever.

With the rise of Liberals in Quebec, the national political pattern will become more favorable to the Liberals. If NDP cannot hold together the opposition power, the Liberals may become a black horse.

                                                                        (Summarized by CCFTCC)





是魁北克分离主义死了吗?加拿大广播公司在发行的辩论团队 - 安德鲁·柯尼,尚塔尔赫伯特和布鲁斯·安德森 - 同意,它几乎没有了呼吸。 “这可能是自他们以60-40失去了在1980年第一次公投通过后的对主权运动和魁党最毁灭性的打击。”赫伯特在魁党周一晚历史性的失败之后告诉加拿大广播公司首席记者彼得曼斯布里奇。柯尼指出,魁党的普选票总数是它历史以来的最差表现。 



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