No question mark allowed
In that round circle that you must fill in on YOUR ballot next Tuesday, or sooner if you wish, you can fill it any way you want, but a question mark is out of the question.
And there are a lot of questions unanswered in this unwarranted election that will haunt Quebec for a long time. Why on earth and what urged Premier Charest to delay the obvious, two years ago, and not call for an enquiry on corruption in the construction industry? Is Quebec different from North America? He, who likes France that much, is unaware that BTP (Bâtiments, Travaux Publics- Public Buildings and Infrastructure) is almost synonymous with corruption? Done, when asked by all; it would have been over by now.
So where is the Liberal Party? Gone from the French part of the province. Pierre Reid could be the last Liberal M.N.A. from outside Montreal and the Gatineau area next Wednesday morning and even writing this takes a leap of faith.
Let’s be honest, not too many readers of the Stanstead Journal will vote for the PQ, Québec Solidaire and Option Nationale. Yet, Mr. Breton and Mrs. Tremblay who are both running for the third time against Mr. Reid, are excellent candidates. And Mr. Breton may well be Orford’s M.N.A. next Tuesday night. But not a minister.
This would go first to the Saint-François PQ candidate, Dr. Réjean Hébert, the former dean of the Université de Sherbrooke School of Medecine. He almost beat the former M.N.A. in the riding, the much-missed Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, in the last election and is seen as a shoe-in for this year’s. Mrs. Nathalie Goguen may have a lot of qualities going for her, but being a city councillor from Sherbrooke is not one of them in a rural riding where the biggest town is Coaticook. As for the Coalition Avenir Québec candidate, Mr. Éric Giroux, his understanding of the English community is excellent, not so for his party.
The less said about Sherbrooke, the better. That Mr. Charest is making the rounds again this week in his riding is proof that he is trying to save his hide. The presumptive winner, our poll is just a tad more conservative than the others, Serge Cardin, has learned a lot from his defeat last year as Bloc Québécois MP. He is not taking any chances this year and will fight till the last minute. And he can count on the strategic vote of both the Québec Solidaire and Option Nationale camps, neither wanting to be responsible for the re-election of Mr. Charest. Mr. Cardin is cabinet bound; his right to center credentials helping in a Marois left-leaning one. So what is a federalist Anglophone to do? The Montreal based English media are almost all praise for François Legault’s party. We would be too if not for one little major catastrophe: The School Board issue. If you want to lose the last English political institution that is in the hands of the English community, then go ahead, vote for his party. He still doesn’t get that a parent-controlled school assembly, more or less regrouped into a division of the Department of Education, is not controlled by the community. It is slow death. Better to vote for the PQ, at least you know what you are getting.
So, like it or not, you should vote Liberal. Especially in Orford, where your vote will count. Pierre Reid deserves re-election and will be a tremendous force in the revival of the Liberal Party. All votes in so-called English polls will also be counted by whoever wins on Tuesday and you must prepare yourself for a Marois government. She is not a bad choice for all of Quebec, the English media spin on her notwithstanding. Making her look like a sort of Hitler in the making is only driving more Quebec voters to her; you will have a hard time trying to find a francophone who would believe that sort of crap. She once stuck her neck out for the English community when she had the linguistic school boards approved by first, her party, and then the National Assembly. This should be proof enough of where her and her party are.
But in our three ridings where most of you reside, even in Sherbrooke, you should vote for the only federalist party that doesn’t endanger what you have.