Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Is Pauline Marois Toast?
Premier Charest pounced on the gaffe and reminded Marois that Quebeckers are not a small people but rather a BIG people, small in numbers.
The gaffe was memorialized in a particularly humiliating cartoon by YGRECK
To PQ supporters it was another example of the poor performance of their leader who has clearly not connected with the voters.
While the beleaguered Jean Charest and the Liberal party are at the nadir of their popular support, the PQ seems unable to build any momentum.
A few days after ex-PQ hotshot Francois Legault floated a balloon that he'd be starting a new political party, one that would put aside the sovereignty question, yet remain nationalistic, LE DEVOIR published a poll that indicated that the Parti Quebecois would get less votes than this new party. Link
Mr. Legault's party was supported by 30% of Quebeckers to just 27% for the PQ and 25% for the Liberals. Not particularly comforting numbers.
In a Leger poll that considered only the actual parties in exisitence, the PQ fell to 34% support compared to the Liberals 28%. Still not very reassuring. It seems that the fastest growing political movement is the "None of the above" at 13%.
The PQ faithful are not amused.
Next year, Madame Marois is facing a leadership review and it's hard to see her surviving. The last leader, Bernard Landry resigned after failing to crack the 75% level of support among party members. There's little chance that she can do as well, never mind better.
But replacing Madame Marois is problematic, with Legault, the heir apparent, out of the picture. Everyone else is either too low profile or too radical.
That leaves the PQ with only one viable choice.
Yup, Gilles Duceppe, who has lusted after the job at the PQ for years. With his Ottawa pension intact he can safely take the plunge back into provincial politics.
To sovereingists, he possesses everything they need, namely rock hard commitment to independence. To supporters he has, proven leadership abilities and an abundance of experience.
The fact that he's a bit dopey seems of no consequence.
It is beginning to look more and more likely.
Posted by Editor on 10/20/2010 12:01:00 AM