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Tuesday, 09 December 2008 01:42

2008 december 9

Ignatieff should take note of increased support for the PQ, and should support the coalition government-in-waiting

PEJ News - Joan Russow - Now that iBob Rae has stepped down from the Liberal leadership race, Ignatieff has to seriously consider the implications, at the Federal level, of the recent election in Quebec.

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IGNATIEFF SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF THE INCREASED SUPPORT OF THE PQ

It is reported that the Conservative denigration of the Bloc contributed to the increased vote for the PQ. If Ignatieff continues to be cavalier with his comments: "Coalition if necessary, but not necessarily coalition..." it will appear that he is withdrawing his support because of the Conservatives¹ raising misplaced ire about the Bloc. In the 2006 Parliament, the three opposition parties often voted together on such important issues as adopting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, on Climate Change. with the support of the Kyoto Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. etc.

IGNATIEFF SHOULD TAKE NOTE ALSO OF THE DECREASED SUPPORT FOR THE ADQ

The Action Democratique du Québec (ADQ) was reduced from forty-one to six seats. The Quebec Liberals achieved a majority with sixty-nine elected members, and the PQ, with forty-eight, is now the official opposition. Final results: Liberals 69, PQ 48, ADQ 7, other 1

A CBC report estimates that ³Dumont [leader of the ADQ] was hurt by his party's unbridled support in the Federal election for Stephen Harper's Conservatives, which were shut out from central Quebec and the greater Montreal region in favour of the Bloc Québécois.²

Given that the ADQ had helped the Conservatives in Quebec during the 2007 Federal election, Harper should definitely take note if he thinks he will win a substantial number of seats in Quebec. In January 2009, when there is a non-confidence vote, Harper should be careful about pressuring the Governor General to allow him to have another Federal Election because he anticipates a potential majority. This time, rather than leaning on the Governor General to coerce her to agree, he should gracefully step down and allow the Canadian Coalition government-in-waiting to govern.

In the 2007 election, the ADQ mistakenly estimated that the increase support for the Federal Conservatives would help them in the next Federal election.

[In 1998, out of curiosity, I attended an ADQ meeting in Sherbrooke, and thought at the the time that the ADQ was the Quebec version of the Reform party.]

Ignatieff must support a non-confidence vote and then be prepared to lead the coalition government. It is doubtful that the Governor General could justify allowing the Conservatives to call a new election when there is a coalition willing to govern and, without the support of Quebec, little chance that he could form a majority.


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