The question is relevant now that Pierre Karl Peladeau has jumped into the ring as Captain Quebec, the champion of separatists.
The April 7 election will mark an important step towards another referendum if the Parti Quebecois wins a majority of seats.
When Quebecers are asked who will lead the No campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s name comes first. As the son of Pierre, he is an easy and obvious choice. But is he the right one?
A guy who answers with a hockey joke when questioned about the political crisis in Ukraine should make federalists nervous about Trudeau as their spokesman. Let’s also remember Trudeau is the one who said in the recent past that he’d rather live in a separate Quebec than a Canada led by Stephen Harper. Read more…
By joining the court challenge last week of the democratic rule of 50% plus one in a referendum on Quebec’s secession, Stephen Harper’s government opened up a can of worms it won’t be able to close anytime soon.
Nobody is talking about Quebec’s independence anymore in La Belle Province.
There is no appetite for a debate that has already divided us far too much; we all still suffer from those divisions. It wasn’t even on the agenda of Pauline Marois’ government.
Harper might not have politically benefited from his “bonne entente” approach with Quebec, but he can certainly be commended for ending silly jurisdictional fights since he became prime minister. Read more…
Who the heck is minding the public purse in Quebec
by Eric Duhaime
Every time a political scandal hits La Belle Province, many English-Canadian political commentators wonder whether it is in Quebecers’ genes to be more prone to corruption.
Such an intellectual exercise is as futile as thinking there is a greater scientific risk of being a crack junkie if you live in Toronto as opposed to any other city in Canada.
Before going further with the genetic theory of Quebecers’ pork-barreling disease, let’s remind everyone that Michael Applebaum is not a “pure laine” Quebecois but the first Anglo-Jewish Montreal mayor.
So if there is more political patronage in Quebec, the explanation might lie in our political system itself more than in our blood. Read more…
Brian Lilley is the host of Byline on Sun News Network and a senior correspondent for Sun Media's Parliamentary Bureau in Ottawa. His weekly column is published in more than 30 daily newspapers across Canada and he appears on several leading talk radio stations.
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Brian Lilley is Senior Correspondent for Sun Media on Parliament Hill.
Brian has been covering politics for the last 10 years. Five of those years were spent as Ottawa Bureau Chief.