PQ needed a coronation, not a confrontation

pauline-duceppe-1I am beginning to wonder if even I’m qualified anymore to be commenting on Quebec. If I am shaking my head, I can only imagine what Mr. Duceppe is doing.

Not 48 hours later the PQ is signaling to Canadia, but especially to Quebec, it doesn’t understand the meaning of the word unity. Stands to reason, I guess, being the separatist party and all.

A glorious opportunity wasted. In saviour Duceppe the party had a chance to resurrect, or give birth to a certain sense of steadiness and unison, the likes of which the PQ has scarcely ever seen.

When the federal Liberals did their thing last December, that was understandable. They needed the air time, they needed to show Canadians that post-Gomery they still mattered, they needed to show with as many credible candidates as possible they had depth beyond the usual suspects from an era past. 

What Liberals didn’t count on was Conservative strategists showcasing devastating moments from the Liberal leadership race between Michael Ignatieff and Stéphane Dion. You know the one I mean. Perhaps some in the PQ missed seeing those ads.

I respect Madame Marois. She is among Quebec’s most intelligent personalities and a seasoned politician that knows her stuff, save for one thing … when, for example, is a good time to raise just one finger instead of two.

In some respects, the Partis Quebecois’ needs aren’t vastly different from what the federal Liberal party was striving for a year ago. However the federal Liberals have one thing the PQ sorely lacks; a century or so of history where the electorate has more or less identified with it as the party of choice. That’s a pretty good insurance clause if – or when – the party is ever decimated. Not unlike what happened to Conservatives in ’93.

The metamorphous of Conservatives into something else altogether is a point of discussion for another time which, as I understand it, is already underway this weekend in Kingston, see: Disgruntled Tories consider refounding Reform Party.

But the PQ does not enjoy such luxuries. On the contrary, the Partis Quebecois has always been fractured even during its heyday. The PQ, at least not in its current form, can’t survive decimation.

With Gilles Duceppe at the helm or not, unless the PQ succeeds in reestablishing itself as Quebec’s voice, or at least as the official opposition, it will soon after that find itself redefined and with only its hardcore seats intact. That’s not the Party Gilles Duceppe wants to lead, and I thought, neither did Mme Marois.

I understand and respect grassroots and all that jazz. But there is also the more practical matter of mattering. The PQ did not need to highlight further its divisiveness.

Something a person of Pauline Marois’ stature, wisdom and experience should have known; the PQ needed a coronation not a confrontation.


May 12, 2007 … 8:02 p.m.  

One good slap in the face deserves another  gilles-duceppe-2


I swear, this morning when I wrote my blog entry above, I came within an inch of writing and it won’t surprise me in the least if Mr. Duceppe decides to pull out given what he is learning about the PQ.’  Seems I may have been right in my opening paragraph, Mr. Duceppe was indeed shaking his head too, or, maybe he reads my blog?

Only the naive will believe that Mr. Duceppe’s sudden and shocking decision to pull-out has anything to do with the reasons stated in early news reports, namely that the job allegedly belongs to Mme Marois. Hogwash!

Mr. Duceppe’s decision has only everything to do with one good slap in the face deserves another. And he’s right. Only problem is, now they’ll all go down.

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