After the Quebec Election
Milner, Henry, Inroads
The rise and fall of Mario Dumont's ADQ
MARIO DUMONT'S ACTION DEMOCRATIQUE DU QUEBEC (ADQ) WAS THE GREAT disappointment of the April Quebec election. After leading the polls in the fall of 2002, the ADQ plummeted during the campaign and was reduced to 18 per cent of the popular vote and only four seats. The result reflects a longstanding theme of this journal, that our winner-take-all electoral institutions marginalize important but secondary political currents.
It is uncertain at this point what the future holds for the ADQ, but it is certain that the party reflects a profound development in Quebec. We asked three respected observers on Quebec's political scene to assess the meaning of the ADQ's rise and fall. Though largely written before the election, their contributions help us understand why the ADQ ultimately failed in its efforts.
Jean-Francois Lisec vigorously defends the "Quebec model" that the ADQ seeks to demolish. His analysis points up some of the weaknesses of the ADQ's program that emerge when it is subjected to the scrutiny accorded to a frontrunner in the run-up to an election. …