When it comes down to it, most of us will vote against somebody rather than vote for somebody, a rather cynical act in what should be celebrated as the most important element in our democratic process.
Of those of us who will be voting PQ, Libeal or CAQ, exactly how many of us have faith in the leader we are voting for?
Do federalists really want Jean Charest back as leader if they had their druthers?
Do sovereigntists really want it to be Pauline Marois leading them towards the promised land?
And who the heck knows what exactly François Legault really is?
So for many Anglos it's hold your nose and vote Liberal or take a shot with the CAQ.
That being said, simple demographics indicate most Anglo ridings will remain Liberal, with the rest of the province a two or three way fight.
The CAQ remains of course the wild card, its twenty percent support more important than one would expect, with a disproportionate base in Quebec City and up the Gaspe peninsula.
With Quebec Solidaire ripping support from the PQ, it's anyone's game to win or lose.
I wondered how long it would take one of the politicians to tell a whopper and of course it took less than an hour after the call of the election. Here it is;
Perhaps she will next seek an endorsement from the Editor of this blog or perhaps even bring in Howard Galganov as an adviser, in a good will attempt to prove her inclusiveness!
WOMAN!!!! HAVE YOU NO SHAME!
Now for something I didn't expect.
This from the controversial Dr. Gaétan Barrette, the head of the Quebec Specialists Association. He's decided to run as a member of the CAQ, with an eye to becoming the Health Minister.
Is somebody telling the truth, or is it just another ploy?
And so Anglos for one month every four years seem to be treated as equals.
Mr. Charest is promising a new road in Anglo western Montreal. How generous.
Not even flowers? Boy are we a cheap date!
Looks and feels remarkably like a booty call.
I expect Mr Barrette will be just about the only candidate addressing French/Anglo from a sympathetic view of us.
We're certainly not gong to get anything of the sort from the anglo sheep in the Liberal party.
And so it seems Anglos for one month every four years at least, are treated with a modicum of respect.
Readers I'm not going to bore you with predictions, it's anyone's game to win or lose.
The likeliest scenario is that we'll end up with a PQ or Liberal minority, but there's no guarantee the Liberals or the PQ can't pull off a miracle.
Remember one thing, Charest has a big advantage because he is so much the better campaigner than his opponents.
When it comes to blowing smoke...well he is unparalleled!
I promise not to bore you readers with idle chitchat during this campaign, truthfully I'm already bored and impatient for it to be over.
What will be will be.
Later on, I'm going to publish a list of those candidates whom I wish to see elected, from all political parties, people who actually try to remain as ethical as possible.
One last note.
There are some backroom rumours about Pierre Paradis, the sitting Liberal from Brome-Missisquoi and whether he'll return under the Liberal banner.
Charest and Paradis hate each other with a passion and he's been kept out of the cabinet for this reason. He'll also remain a back bencher as long as Charest rules.
He might take his seat over to the CAQ or bide his time, waiting to take over the party in the event of a Liberal election debacle.....to be continued.
Don't look at the polls, they mean nothing. The Quebec electorate is volatile and can shift positions over a few days.
If I was an organizer again, I 'd start renting buses and planning to drive every committed voter to the polling station followed by a beer or a pizza party.
Yup, getting out the committed vote is what is going to make the difference in many a riding.
There's an old rule in organizing...
"It's ten times easier to drive a committed voter to the booth, than to convince an uncommitted voter to choose your candidate"
Preach to the converted and drive them to vote. That's all it takes. Anything else is a waste of a candidate's time.
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