Monday, August 6, 2012
Is Duchesneau a Game Changer?
I'm not going to endorse anybody or any candidate in this election, because firstly, it isn't going to affect your vote and secondly, it would only alienate those whose who disagreed with my choice.
It would also colour how readers viewed future posts as perhaps tainted or prone to giving a boost to my preferred party.
I remember when Charlton Heston became president of the NRA (National Rifle Association) the chief lobby group in America, promoting guns.
I sort of felt betrayed by his activism and never viewed his movies the same way.
Truth be told, there isn't anyone who excites me and there isn't any party seemingly worthy of my vote. In that respect, I'm sure many readers agree with me.
And yes, readers know that I have a friendship with Jean Charest that precludes me blasting him in public when I disagree with his policies, as I do more often than not. Enough said.
But yesterday the shoe dropped on the Quebec Liberal Party and the Parti Quebecois in the name of Jacques Duchesneau, who despite Marois' and Charest's brave faces, may represent an election game changer.
For months if not years, Quebecers have been looking for a Messiah to deliver them from the evil clutches of cronyism and corruption.
I haven't seen any survey, but I'd bet that if Quebecers were polled as to which election issue is most important, corruption would be the number one answer ahead of the economy, sovereignty, environment or taxes.
In one fell swoop the CAQ has energized the campaign and become a legitimate contender, not only to take more seats, but actually win the election.
Despite the brave faces of Marois and Charest, there is gloom and doom in the back rooms of the Liberal and PQ headquarters.
In his introductory press conference, standing beside a beaming Francois Legault, Duchesneau was absolutely breathtaking as a candidate, both humble and confident while fielding reporters attempts to trip him up with aplomb and verve.
I'm not talking him up, he will be a spectacular campaigner, from what I saw.
He's grown a humble and self-deprecating aspect to his demeanour that Quebecers love in their politicans, the same quality that won René Lévesque the hearts and minds of most francophone Quebecers.
Am I a fan?
Yes. I've known Jacques from the time he worked as regional commander up in the Cremazie station in Montreal and have worked for him and alongside him in a variety of charitable endeavours.
Is he the real McCoy? Yes he is.
He is undoubtedly the very best man for the job of public security minister, honest brave and fearless.
You can take my word on that, I have nothing to gain.
Remember when he was accused of being a crook by the real villains, those who had much to lose by Duchesneau's leadership of the corruption investigation?
The guilty along with the collusion of unscrupulous journalists planted all sorts of false allegations in the Journal de Montreal, which to its shame, printed a front page story accusing Jacques of election fraud and placing his picture among a gallery of alleged crooks.
It was, in my opinion, the darkest hour of the tabloid.
I told you then, before any other blogger or journalist dared, that he'd be vindicated, because I know the man.
Read my post; The Assassination of Jacques Duchesneau -Mob Mentality Sweeps Quebec
Am I doing exactly what I said I wouldn't, that is endorse a candidate?
I'll make an exception for Jacques, the first and last time I'll do it, I promise.
By the way, this in no way, shape or form means that I endorse the CAQ, too many questions linger.
So it now seems that Quebecers have a legitimate choice between the same old, same old, or Left, right and now, 'Mr. Clean.'
It just may be that Jacques will overpower Francois Legault in the media spotlight, and for the CAQ, that may be a good thing.
For Madame Marois and Mr. Charest it may be time to be afraid, it may be time to be very afraid.
Watch the polls, the CAQ may get up to a ten point jump within a week or two.
If they don't, Quebecers were never serious about their complaints about corruption.
On another note...
I had a chance to review the Quebec Solidare election platform and if you are interested in a good laugh, download and read it, unfortunately in French only. Download the Platform
My favourite provision is an automatic guaranteed income of $12,000 starting at the age of eighteen. Now teenagers won't even have to go through the motions of getting bursaries to go to cegep.
They can live at home and collect $250 a week, smoking pot and watching music videos.
FREE MONEY!!! Yippeee....
SPOTLIGHT CANDIDATE OF THE DAY
By the way, I'm just starting to review the candidates from all the parties to report on stuff that the mainstream media has no time for.
There, right off the bat is my favourite nutbar BILL CLENNET who as you can see in his campaign poster got all dressed up for his photo shoot.
Mr. Clennet is an lifetime activist, who is best remembered for being the beneficiary of the famous Shawinigan Handshake, administered by one Jean Chretien when he got too close to the Prime Minister.
Watch a video of the incident here. YouTube
Clennet is an old-time activist, militating for the 'downtrodden' who has about as much chance winning his Hull riding as does Howard Galganov.
Good Luck to another Poteau!
I haven't been a keen viewer of the Olympics, somehow it hasn't lit my fire.
But I wish to congratulate Canada's ex-pat Jamaican community based largely in Toronto and Montreal on the superb Gold and Silver performance of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, in what is perhaps, the Olympics most important medal.
Jamaica is not a 'big' country, not a 'wealthy' but rich in culture heritage and pride.
Many Jamaicans came to Canada for economic opportunity, but retain an attachment to the old country that is 'sans pareil!'
For a country of just 3 million to win both gold and silver in the most prestigious race is an accomplishment without comparison.
Be very proud, we Canadians share you happiness!
Posted by Editor on 8/06/2012 12:00:00 AM