Heads on probation

All federal political parties experienced their share of disappointments in the election last Monday. Liberals from Justin trudeau, who failed in their bid to form a majority government by holding hasty elections, to the Conservatives ofErin O’Toole, who won fewer seats than in 2019, neither party met their goals after an election campaign that Canadians followed with mixed interest. If, in a democracy, the elections are never banal, it is clear that those of 2021 will not enter the political history of the country as being a strong moment in our collective life.

If all the leaders come out weakened from this campaign, none have experienced the total humiliation that the voters have inflicted on Annamie Paul, who finished fourth in his own riding of Toronto Center. Nationally, the Greens are back at square one after seeing their proportion of the popular vote drop below 3%.

The problems of Green Party of Canada go well beyond the inability of his leader to make his troops row in the same direction. Instead of focusing on the ecological issues that form the basis of this party’s raison d’être, green activists are tearing each other apart on identity issues of systemic racism and transphobia. By showing a flagrant lack of maturity, they succeeded in convincing voters that their party did not deserve their trust.

If the days of Mme Paul as leader are numbered, party activists will have to conduct a thorough examination of their conscience over the next few months if they want the party to become a real political choice again. The election of Ontario’s first Green MP, Mike Morrice, in Kitchener Center – thanks, in part, to the mid-campaign withdrawal of the Liberal candidate and incumbent MP due to allegations of sexual misconduct – makes a big difference. even to the Greens to keep hope.

An extremely disappointing electoral result

The head of New Democratic Party, Jagmeet Singh, kept smiling throughout election night on Monday. But his good humor could not hide the discontent in the NDP ranks at an extremely disappointing election result. With 25 elected, barely one more than in 2019, the NDP is once again the fourth party in the House of Commons.

The party failed to elect any candidate in the greater Toronto area outside of the riding of Hamilton Center, an NDP stronghold held by MP Matthew Green, the same one who congratulated the University professor ‘Ottawa Amir Attaran to resist “the racism he sees perpetuating in Quebec”.

Recall that last March, Professor Attaran described Quebec as “Northern Alabama” in a series of hyperbolic tweets. Singh did not see fit to call his MP to order, fearing to alienate NDP activists outside
of Quebec.

With his light tone and shallow videos posted on TikTok, Mr. Singh’s campaign lacked seriousness. The NDP platform, which foresaw $ 214 billion in new spending and sky-high tax hikes for “rich” Canadians, reinforced the impression of a party disconnected from reality. Singh’s refusal to say whether an NDP government would halt work already underway to double the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline in B.C. undermined his credibility with voters seeking an alternative to the Party. green.

On Monday, Mr. Singh won his constituency of Burnaby South in Vancouver by just 4,000 votes, by far the smallest majority of any party leader except Mr.me Paul and Maxime Bernier, also losing in his riding of Beauce. Anyone who believes Mr. Singh deserves another chance as leader of the NDP is playing ostrich. Their party failed to capitalize on the disaffection of progressive voters with the Liberals and the woes of the Green Party. And the main responsibility lies with Mr. Singh.

For his part, the head of Bloc Quebecois, Yves-Francois Blanchet, owes the result of her party to the moderator of the leaders’ debate in English, Shachi Kurl, whose tendentious question on “discriminatory laws” in Quebec gave Mr. Blanchet’s campaign the impetus it had until then. the lack.

Had it not been for this turn of events, the Bloc would certainly have lost several ridings in the greater Montreal area on Monday evening. Although the position of Mr. Blanchet at the head of the party is not threatened, the fact remains that the future of the Bloc seems uncertain. A party that depends above all on Quebec bashing in the rest of Canada to mobilize its voters is never far from its expiration date.

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