All that for this?

At the end of a 36-day flash campaign that was by no means justified, the question of the ballot box is clear. All that for this ? Judging by the substance of the debates, the Prime Minister, Justin trudeau, will pay the price, both to the electorate and to its caucus.

The next Parliament is likely to be a carbon copy of the previous one, with a few constituencies. In all likelihood, we will have to deal with a second consecutive minority government (the fifth in 17 years). He will most likely be liberal, but perhaps conservative to the extent that voters recognize, in Erin O’Toole, a conservative leader more centrist than his predecessors.

So let’s not presume the results, but if the portrait painted by the polling firms turns out to be correct at the end of election night, it will be necessary to admit that there is a certain wisdom within the electorate. He was unable to “reward” Justin Trudeau with a comfortable majority for his cutesy campaign.

What is the point of calling an election for so little, in the middle of the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic? Mr. Trudeau failed to articulate a valid reason to once again seek the confidence of the population, less than two years after his minority election. Parliament was not so dysfunctional that it had to be dissolved. The Prime Minister could have continued to govern, through alliances and compromises with the voluntary formations, which included the New Democratic Party (NPD) and the Bloc Quebecois (BQ).

The anti-vaccination discourse is certainly disturbing. Useful idiots who insult politicians in the countryside or who crowd in front of schools and hospitals to protest against health measures are making appalling use of their freedom of conscience and freedom of expression. Erin O’Toole did not shine by her foresight in not requiring the vaccination of her candidates, advocating on the contrary “free choice”. However, these epiphenomena were not worrying enough to try to turn the elections into a referendum on vaccination. Likewise, the Prime Minister also did not need a clear mandate to rebuild post-pandemic Canada. He could always have counted on the NDP to support him in his plan to spend lavishly.

The experience of the past two years has demonstrated the usefulness, for the interests of Quebec, of a minority government in Ottawa. Quebec has made gains, particularly on the issue of federal compensation of $ 6 billion over five years for the creation of a national child care program. Likewise, it is doubtful that Prime Minister Trudeau would have remained so silent, if he had benefited from a majority, about the unilateral amendment of the Constitution by the Legault government intended to recognize that Quebecers form a nation. whose only official language is French.

Two years of minority government have inspired the Liberals to be cautious about Quebec’s demands that were not found in the 2019 campaign. The situation is far from perfect. Liberals and New Democrats went out of their way to promise voters the moon by happily inviting themselves into areas of provincial jurisdiction. It makes you wonder if Mr. Trudeau and the leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh, do not secretly dream of running a province. However, the federal government has its hands full with “its” areas of jurisdiction: monetary policy, budget management, foreign policy, national security, defense, climate change, supervision of Internet giants, gun control, official languages, and so on. On all these fronts, it will be noted that the Trudeau government was equal to itself. Many promises, few achievements.

the Conservative Party of Canada (PCC) is the most respectful training for provincial jurisdictions. Erin O’Toole has repeatedly said that he will consult the Premier of Quebec, Francois Legault, and work with him on issues that affect his government. The good man is the best centrist incarnation of the CCP in ages, but he is not immune to some clashing contradictions, including on gun control and the fight against climate change. Going back to the targets set in the Harper era and backing his carbon pricing plan on volunteering is reckless.

On the issue of climate change, the Conservatives still have a few decades of catching up to do before they are taken seriously. The Liberals clearly have the best plan, but it should be read with in mind that Justin Trudeau’s Canada owns an oil pipeline. Subsidies to the petroleum industry have increased under his watch, without the administrative apparatus being able to make an exact inventory of the extent of aid. Trudeau also dangerously relaxed standards governing pesticides, including glyphosate. When it comes to the environment, there is still a wide gap between the Liberals’ intentions and achievements. In their defense, they cannot advance faster than the electorate on this issue. Let us hope that it will become, in the near future, the number one stake of all the campaigns, so much the global warming is worrying for the survival of the species (including ours!) And the biodiversity.

He would not come to To have to to tell its readers who to vote for at the end of this weak campaign. In keeping with our tradition, we use the pretext of the elections to reaffirm our values ​​and our concerns for the superior interests of Quebec, with complete freedom of mind.

In the current context, with a sovereignist train lacking momentum, we cannot ignore the usefulness of a minority government in Ottawa. The interests of Quebec have been well served by the minority status of the Liberals; they would be just as important under a conservative minority regime. The best guarantee that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives obtain a majority is to send a large delegation of Bloc Québécois members to the Commons.

The Bloc has its faults. He is much more conservative than progressive when you look at him closely. The position of its leader, Yves-Francois Blanchet, about the third link is wacky and incomprehensible. His allegiance to the Caquist creed ends up being boring. During the pathetic debate of the English-speaking heads of the media consortium (APTN, CBC, CTV and Global), a shameless host, Shachi Kurl, drowned the secularism law and Bill 96 in the catch-all that is the “problem” of racism in Quebec. Faced with such a patent case of Quebec bashing, no leader seemed as sincere in his indignation as Mr. Blanchet. Unlike his opponents, his electoral base does not require him to speak a language and vice versa.

Throughout history, the Bloc has played a constructive role in the Commons. He contributed to the progress of the work and to their enrichment through his attachment to the Quebec perspective. There are no ambiguities in the Bloc’s discourse on the defense of the French fact and of the Quebec nation. Its members will rise every day to remind the well-meaning English-Canadian elite of Quebec’s prerogatives in the affirmation of its language, its culture and its distinct institutions.

This voice is necessary in the current climate in order to consolidate and expand Quebec’s autonomy within the federation.

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