Now that Labour Day has come and gone can the political season in Quebec be far behind? And what an exciting political season it’s likely to be.
For openers the separatists are on the ropes. Big time. In a recent column in The Globe and Mail, the distinguished Quebec commentator, Lysiane Gagnon, wrote this: “The sovereigntist movement is dead, at least as a major poltitical force, and the first to admit it are the sovereigntists themselves.. …”
Now reduced to third-party status in the National Assembly, all the recent polls bear out Gagnon’s contention that the PQ’s primary option is dead in the water. Support for sovereignty is down to 32 per cent; 68 per cent of Quebeckers want the PQ to relinquish its sovereigntist option. And get this, 48 percent of PQ voters want it to do so.
Eighty-three per cent of Quebeckers think this province will still be a part of Canada in 10 years. Moreover, 86 per cent of Quebeckers say they are “proud to be Canadians.”
What’s more the PQ leader, Pauline Marois, has taken sovereignty off the table. It is the party’s raison d’etre but it simply won’t fly for now. Perhaps never. True, there will always be a coterie of hard line separatists in Quebec, but they are dead as the dodo bird.
If not dead, moribund.
Do you agree.