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Madame Marois and the PQ…

… are quickly losing credibility.

Contradictions and confusion in the Parti Québécois’ referendum strategy have come back to haunt Pauline Marois’s campaign, fueling attacks against the sovereigntist leader’s evolving plan to transform her province into an independent country.

Personally, I don’t think Marois could transform a kettle of water into tea, let alone a province into a country. But that’ll be for the voters to decide.

Ms. Marois argued that while her party would allow citizens to initiate a referendum on sovereignty, the government and the Quebec National Assembly would have a veto over whether or not to proceed with the vote.

Her position contradicts comments she made last February when the PQ Leader accepted that the government would be required to hold a citizen-initiated referendum on sovereignty if 15-per cent of eligible voters – about 850,000 people – signed a petition in favour of a vote.

Flippedly-flop! Just like a pancake on a Sunday morning.

And how about having to take a language test before being allowed to run for public office? That’s rich! And it is discriminatory too… would for sure lose a Charter challenge.

Oh wait! She has flapjacked on that too?

The apparent flip-flop was not unlike the one taken earlier this week over another controversial PQ position involving a Quebec Citizenship Bill. On Tuesday, Ms. Marois said that the bill would require a citizen wanting to run for public office in Quebec to have adequate knowledge of French. The proposal would violate both the Canadian and the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms, experts said.

The PQ moved quickly to clarify its position, saying the requirement would only apply to new immigrants. But the damage was already done, forcing Ms. Marois to fend off accusations of intolerance towards cultural minorities.

What a piece of work! Their bumbling is starting to look similar to that of the gong show to the south called the Republican Party!

I wonder what Premier Charest is going to do during his next term in office.


Charest is screwed…

And here’s an apt cartoon to depict his sad situation:


The McGuinty and Charest tag team

Now isn’t this interesting… our two largest provinces teaming up to take the initiative on a cap and trade system – effectively snubbing their noses at the Harperites.

Both Premiers know that there is a general feeling amongst their voters that the nation as a whole hasn’t shown the leadership on this file that was expected. The Harperites have done little in the way of new initiatives (The tax credit for a buss pass? Gimme a break!) and some of the provinces like Alberta (Inc.) have actually “de“-volved in this area. Good ol‘ B.C. can always be counted on but we really did need some leadership from the central provinces.

Kudos to both Charest and McGuinty for this – whether you agree with it or not, at least someone is showing initiative.

It will be interesting to see how the PMO reacts to this but the initial signs are predictable. Bull-dog Baird has sniffed and said that it’s “political posturing”. But if the citizens of the provinces agree with the proposal and the Harperites do a poll and find that this is so, they may try to back pedal a bit.

Don’t forget that these folks are the champs in the realm of politics of cynicism!