We celebrated the 149th anniversary of the ongoing experiment that is Canada last Friday. It will last till the next anniversary for sure. It’s 2018 that is a bit more problematic. There will be an election next year in Quebec and Justin Trudeau may have given the PQ and the CAQ their best weapon yet. All political parties in Quebec admit that Quebec is a nation, the Liberals inside another, namely Canada, the CAQ is not sure and the PQ and Québec Solidaire an independent state.
He said that Canada is one nation. Even Ole’man Dief had to admit, in his later years, that Quebec was somewhat different than the rest of Canada. The gaffe is what the PQ needed to needle Trudeau, codenamed Teflon up to now.
There is an unseen problem with the Trudeau in Quebec, an absolute lack of support personnel familiar with Quebec at the Prime Minister’s Office. Even Steven Harper could count on a couple of grounded Quebec Conservatives to advise him. But then Trudeau was not supposed to be elected in the first place, the never to be right Honourable Thomas in Quebec, Tom elsewhere being the favorite to win the last election. If not for the Niqab, he could have been. The NDP were ready; these are planning politicians and they’ve had plans from years and years ago. And we might add, enough Quebec Solidaire members to help them this time. When they became the official opposition it was fun to see old Marxists, Trotskyists and Maoists surrounding the bewildered winners at the winning party, especially here in Compton-Stanstead where the last thing that the former MP had in mind was winning the election as he had not even been able to convince his employer to give him time off to campaign. So Thomas/Tom is now a footnote to history and if Justin Trudeau continues to goof, so could he.
That the Liberals will be unable to keep power in the next election in Quebec is obvious. More so if the PQ makes any deal, above or under the table with Québec Solidaire, and lets some ultranationalist win with the CAQ. As usual, unless a miracle appears on the scene, Orford will remain Liberal, the PQ having blown more chances to take the riding than we can count. But Orford is not Quebec.
So any gaffe coming from Ottawa will be a gift from heaven for the PQ. Imperfect polls after imperfect polls still show that a third of the population is for Independence and Brexit will help. The financial disaster predicted by the Remain side is nowhere to be seen and will not be seen for years, if ever. And if Scotland goes, Europe will be hard pressed to refuse membership on the same condition, then the only valid reason to keep Catalonia in Spain will disappear and the Irish will be united again. Two weeks ago this was fiction, today it is the new reality.
So the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau should leave his smartphone in his pocket and work a bit more in keeping Canada together.