Fed­er­al­ists in bad shape in Que­bec

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

Whileall pun­dits are say­ing that the Marois govern­ment is on its last leg, that it could not sur­vive a call to the polls, may we sug­gest, dur­ing Que­bec’s National Day’s cel­e­bra­tion, to see things in a dif­fer­ent light.

With two, as in one plus one, ex­cep­tions, all wit­nesses at the Charbonneau Com­mis­sion are fed­er­al­ist, all as­so­ci­ated with the Lib­eral Party. With the ex­cep­tion of Guy Chevrette, not even per­son­ally ac­cused, all politi­cians are Lib­er­als.

Let’s for­get Lib­eral leader Phillipe Couil­lard’s al­most dead ‘ex­cel­lent friend’ and fish­ing part­ner, Dr. Arthur Porter, who while dy­ing of a can­cer man­ages to fly to Panama.

As are all may­ors now ar­rested and crim­i­nally charged by UPAC, the anti-cor­rup­tion squad of the Sûreté du Québec, for­mer Mon­treal mayor, Gérald Trem­blay, be­ing a for­mer Lib­eral Min­is­ter.

At the fed­eral level, the new fed­eral Lib­eral leader is forced to re­im­burse the money that he col­lected, while be­ing an MP, to give con­fer­ences.

As for the NDP, one would love to see what or­gan­i­sa­tion they could field to­mor­row if an elec­tion would be called.

As for the Con­ser­va­tives, well, think Se­nate and a bit too horny lo­cal se­na­tor whose deeds pale when com­pared to his other col­leagues caught with not one but both hands in the pock­ets of tax­pay­ers. That a for­mer can­di­date and ma­jor fig­ure of the party was ar­rested with the mayor of Mon­treal on Mon­day doesn’t shine a very bright light on Pres­i­dent Harper’s govern­ment.

The bright spot be­ing that the Bloc Québé­cois is nowhere to be seen.

In 1976, when the PQ took power for the first time, pun­dits were pre­dict­ing that the Bourassa govern­ment, mired in scan­dals that would not even make the back page of any news­pa­per to­day, would be re-elected with a nar­row mar­gin. Af­ter all, the Lib­er­als had just pulled over the Olympics… Well, since his­tory is not a forte in Que­bec, let’s hope that most don’t re­mem­ber the out­come of that elec­tion.

Adding to the ob­vi­ous com­fort that Mrs. Marois will en­joy this sum­mer, is the fact that CAQ leader François Le­gault has said that he is will­ing to sup­port the PQ un­til next spring, which may be the fall of 2014 or the spring of 2015, and since we now have fixed date elec­tions, a CAQ ob­ses­sion af­ter all, why not Oc­to­ber 3rd… 2016!

But the PQ is dy­ing. No way can they muster the votes that they need; look at the opin­ions polls. We do, and we even went as far as com­mis­sion­ing our own dur­ing the last elec­tion; we had prob­lems believ­ing what the pun­dits were say­ing. Since we were right, we will ab­stain from brag­ging. The fact is that the Lib­er­als are go­ing nowhere in fact with the fran­co­phone vote, the CAQ is stalling and Que­bec has now three sep­a­ratist par­ties, get­ting al­most a ma­jor­ity of fran­co­phone votes.

This is why we are wor­ry­ing dur­ing this year’s Que­bec National Day week-end: the num­bers and cir­cum­stances for fed­er­al­ists in the prov­ince looks a lot like what they did in 1976. play­ground. It will be a nat­u­ral space that fits with the nat­u­ral beauty of Stanstead.”

An ar­chi­tect’s draw­ing for the play­ground that was pre­sented on Mon­day dur­ing the launch rep­re­sented a play area that, once com­pleted, would be a play­ground ‘show­piece’ in the area as well as a won­der­ful recre­ational and ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment for the school’s stu­dents.

A ma­jor fundrais­ing cam­paign for the over $100,000 pro­ject will take place, one that in­cludes look­ing for money from the com­mu­nity, lo­cal foun­da­tions and all lev­els of govern­ment. Pro­ject plan­ners will also be on the look­out for do­na­tions of ma­te­ri­als, top­soil and the use of a truck.

The pro­ject’s com­mit­tee is plan­ning to carry out small im­prove­ments dur­ing the com­ing school year, such as paint­ing and adding pic­nic ta­bles, bas­ket­ball hoops and chalk­boards to the area, with the ma­jor land­scap­ing and con­struc­tion work be­ing car­ried out in the sum­mer of 2014.

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