Wednesday, March 5, 2014
PQ Majority Government Harper's Sweetest Dream
Should the PQ win its majority, (by no means a done deal) one can only imagine the insufferable bravado and Canada bashing that will come out of Marois and her gang of pit bulls, a government which will elevate the art of confrontation to the nth degree, anxious to create havoc between itself and Ottawa in a cynical attempt to massage Quebecers' eternal persecution complex.
Like it or not, dealing with a separatist government in Quebec will become the federal government's most important preoccupation and who exactly Canadians will want to fulfill the role of negotiator clearly works in Harper's favour.
I can't imagine many Canadians choosing Justin Trudeau or Thomas Mulcair as their designated negotiator, a frightful notion akin to sending England's Neville Chamberlin to negotiate with Hitler, a naïve appeaser who promised 'peace in our time' only to be hoodwinked, plunging Europe into the Second World War.
Nope, Justin is a lightweight and Mulcair, well a political opportunist with a base in Quebec that he needs to defend.
One can only imagine Justin getting negotiated out of his shorts because of his naive inexperience, while Mulcair would give away the farm to Quebec in order to keep the province in Canada at any and all costs.
With conciliation and appeasement, no longer on the menu as far as the majority of Canadians in the ROC are concerned, it's likely they will turn to the toughest and biggest sonovabitch they can muster to represent them in the expected political death match and the experienced and nasty Harper, no friend of Quebec to begin with, the logical choice.
As for the coming election I remain flabbergasted that the CAQ and the Liberals couldn't get together to form a coalition government in the face of the PQ dissolution of the National Assembly.
In fighting an election from way behind, both Couillard and Legault displayed a remarkable lack of political savvy.
Utter foolhardiness, to this observer's view.
And so as the old biblical proverb goes "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" so too are the Liberals and the CAQ, too proud to compromise and in the process, consign themselves to an uncertain future.
A LIB/CAQ coalition government would ensure at least another year of breathing room, one in which they could pass a less draconian version of the Charter of Values, thus robbing the PQ of its one sure election plank.
I'll let readers comment on the election announcement and upon my return next week to Quebec, delve into some nuts and bolts.....
Posted by Editor on 3/05/2014 01:33:00 PM