The noisy saucepans of Jean Charest

It is today that Jean Charest should normally announce that he is launching the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

There is something a little ridiculous and almost embarrassing in speaking of this at a time when a tragic war is overwhelming us.

But neither can we conceive of all the chroniclers dealing with a single subject. So let’s go.

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One can understand Jean Charest to dive.

He lives only for politics, has always dreamed of being Prime Minister of Canada and, at 63, this is probably his last chance.

Mr. Charest will be able to count on many supporters in Eastern Canada, among all those people who are disappointed with the Liberals and, more specifically, among those longtime Conservatives who are upset to see their party’s center of gravity resolutely lodged in the West. .

Faced with a worn Liberal Party with a mediocre record, the next Conservative leader will also have an excellent chance of victory.

Think again, however, if you think that having once been a Conservative minister under Mulroney and Campbell (from 1991 to 1993) and then leader of the party (from 1993 to 1998) will help him a lot.

Today’s Conservative Party – largely derived from the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance – has nothing to do with the Conservative Party of yesteryear.

Activists will want to impose a sort of test of ideological purity on Mr. Charest: is he a “real” conservative?

The charges are already ready.

He will be criticized for supporting the gun registry, introducing a carbon tax and raising taxes.

You have to know a little about the dominant ideology in the western provinces to fully appreciate the extent to which these positions are absolute heresies.

It’s a bit like a PQ member saying he was in favor of freedom of choice in linguistic matters.

Mr. Charest will also be criticized for having provided strategic advice for the firm Huawei in the 5G file when Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were languishing in a Chinese prison.

It is also difficult to see how Mr. Charest could use his nine years as Premier of Quebec as a selling point.

Admittedly, charges were never brought against him and the Mâchurer investigation is closed.

But the bad impressions persist and some odors resist all known disinfectants on the market.


Above all, Stephen Harper still leads the way within the PC and gets up at night, it is said, to hate Mr. Charest.

During the 2008 federal campaign, when Stephen Harper pulled out all the stops to break into Quebec, Jean Charest, then prime minister and ex-conservative as he was, denounced the federal cuts in arts funding and the abolition of the registry. firearms.

The Conservative campaign in Quebec had just had its hams cut off…and Harper never forgot.

Jean Charest, let’s face it, is a superb campaign, but the slope will be steep. Very.

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