Chris Selley: NDP dream of winning in Quebec dies with dignity
The New Democrats' dream of Quebec is dead when it bans a shift in public opinion that would make the orange wave buzzing. A sharp rise in party polls in 2011 took place within a certain month: according to Léger Market, they rose nationally from 4 percent on April 4 to 31 percent on April 31; In Quebec, they rose from 15 percent to 40 percent. The election was May 2: Jack Layton headed to Stornoway with 31 percent nationwide and 43 percent in Quebec.
Two executives later, 11 days later, the CBC poll watcher nationwide has 14 percent and Quebec has 10 percent. According to a Léger poll released this week, leader Jagmeet Singh's well-reviewed frontline in the leaders' debate so far may have been a four-point score of 18 percent, but the party is still 13 percent in Quebec. Never mind 2011 - they did almost as well in 2008. They won one place in Quebec.
Singh's nonsense makes it sad that he defends Quebec's right to clean its civil servants, teachers, police, crown lawyers and other public officials wearing hijab or turban - not only or even mainly because it wears turban, but because it could harm the party prospects elsewhere in the country. The RAK may be the current brawl of any leader, but if there is any campaign where a third party should be able to pull off and scare off two big pants, this is an impossible, dizzying, cynical thing. now. It is terribly frustrating to see a traditional third party being just as cynical.
Last week, Thomas Mulcair Singh accused him of completely abandoning the NDP's position in protecting minority rights. This is definitely one way to look at it. But another possibility is that Singh simply takes the Sherbrooke Declaration - & nbsp; The 2005 document that laid the foundation for the party's breakthrough in Quebec - its logical, asymmetric-federalist conclusions.
"Quebec residents have expressed a clear desire to" live in an ensemble "and build a social and political project based on solidarity, especially after the quiet revolution," the statement read. “Building a modern state and a Quebecer social plan is centered on Quebec State. We applaud Quebecers for creating institutions that will allow them to develop linguistically, socially, culturally, and economically. "
In this case, the statement makes it clear: Quebec is treated specifically. "The New Democratic Party believes that asymmetric federalism is the best way to connect the Canadian federal state to the reality of Quebec's national character," the party reads. "This means that in Quebec there must be specific powers and room for maneuver."
Of course, the authors of the Declaration envisioned a social democratic utopia emerging in Quebec, around which all of Canada's progressives could come together. But if the road to election success, which was the main purpose of the document, is at least theoretically valid today. But once it involved sacrificing the principle of a strong federal government, it now involves something quite central: the protection of minority rights.
Not too long ago, we probably hoped that this approach could bring Quebec back into federal policy. This was basically a compromise, but the NDP was hardly alone. Most of what formalized it in the Sherbrooke Declaration has been welcomed by other parties: In the TVA debate, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer praised all the special treatment his Quebec party (the Nation's proposal for the House of Commons, located in UNESCO) and all that Quebec would give. Only Andrew Scheer would allow Quebec to have one tax return under provincial control, he said. Others are weak on tax returns! Weak in Quebec!
Asymmetric federalism may work again in the future. Younger Quebecers have little time for secular blatant perversions to confront them with bitter, lethal sovereignty that could never quite close the deal. But for now, despite all four federalist parties working on eggs on this issue, it does not make much sense to downgrade Canadians' fundamental rights.
Liberals continue to lead Quebec despite Justin Trudeau's "leaving the door open" for federal intervention; the Conservatives are still in trouble, despite Scheer's allow-and-take approach, and Bloc in Québec threatens to eat their lunch; and RAK is nowhere to be found. At least with their principles, they could not get anywhere.
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