Bloc Crushed, PQ in Crisis, the Left Resurgent: Whither Quebec?

By Rashi, Roger | Canadian Dimension, September-October 2011 | Go to article overview

Bloc Crushed, PQ in Crisis, the Left Resurgent: Whither Quebec?


Rashi, Roger, Canadian Dimension


WHAT will the Quebec political scene look like this fall?

In mid April, the question seemed crystal clear: the governing Provincial Liberals were mired in scandals and deeply unpopular, the Parti quebecois was leading in the opinion polls and assured of winning the next provincial ballot, the Bloc Quebecois seemed destined to rake another majority of Quebec seats in the May Federal elections.

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The political scene is fractured

A couple of months later all bets were off. The Bloc Quebecois was crushed as the NDP swept a thoroughly unexpected 59 out of 75 federal seats. The PQ has practically imploded with six caucus members leaving the fold and party leader, Pauline Marois, facing a possible putsch as more caucus members are openly questioning her leadership and the party's future. The Liberals have surged ahead of the PQ in the polls for the first time in two years. More ominously, an unofficial political group advocating a right-wing autonomist approach rather than sovereignty, led by former PQ minister Francois Legault, is leading in the opinion polls.

And what of the dynamic leftwing Quebec solidaire? By all accounts, it has had a remarkable year. From 8-10 % in the opinion polls at the beginning of the year, it rose to 17% in early June in the midst of the PQ crisis and political turmoil swirling in the province.

As the legislature was nearing summer recess, QS' highly popular and lone member of the National Assembly, Amir Khadir, played a key role in blocking a scandalous piece of legislation granting the Quebecor media empire sole management and control of a projected publically-funded hockey arena in Quebec City. Pauline Marois foolishly strong-armed her caucus behind this sweet-heart deal thus triggering the crisis in her party's ranks. Furthermore, in a highly public debate in parliamentary commission, Khadir was the only MNA to denounce former PQ premier Lucien Bouchard's lobbying efforts on behalf of the oil and gas industry's unpopular shale gas exploration efforts in the Saint-Lawrence Valley. …

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