Quebec voters decimate only provincial party that supported Harper

dum_ar_081207-harper-dumontTonight, Quebeckers utterly destroyed Harper’s closest Québec ally in what is undoubtedly the first referendum on the future of Harper’s government in light of the potential for a federal coalition.

Tonight, the far-right wing provincial party, the ADQ, was reduced from official opposition status with the 41 seats it won in the last provincial election, to third party status with just 7 seats projected by CBC as of 11:03 EST.  Due in no small part to Mario Dumont’s support of Harper, his party went from official opposition status to losing its official party status in the Quebec National Assembly.

If there is anything the prime minister should glean from tonights stunning repudiation, it’s that his recent bump in the polls nationally may well prove a Pyrrhic victory for his Conservative party.  The Tories may be up in the polls in the more reactionary, Anglophone parts of the country, but tonight shows that he purchased that lead by selling out his party’s chances in the province of Québec.

4 Responses to “Quebec voters decimate only provincial party that supported Harper”


  1. 1 Larry Gambone 9 December, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Glad to see the ADQ toasted. But one thing is missing from the news. Quebec Solidarity won a seat, thereby making a break through even with the undemocratic FPTP system. Now the QS is not only well to the left of the PQ, it is also to the left of the NDP. I think this is good news indeed, as it points out a radicalization process going on.

  2. 2 marcel 10 December, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Well, good for Quebec to get rid of the ADQ.

    I hope you are right, Paul, about the Quebec electorate rejecting the right wing. I, however, am less optimistic. This is the province that suddenly began to vote Conservative, almost giving Canada a majority Con governmnet. ( Last time they did this, we got Mulroney’s second majority, who brought in free trade) The only reason they didn’t last elction was when some core Con policies came to their attention, namely adult court for minors and arts and culture funding cuts. At least that’s the story I heard.

    Anyways, if it is true, it shows how little attention the Quebec electorate is paying to things. Like, did they not know tough on crime policies and market driven ‘culture’ were bread and butter, fundemental ideas pursued for decades by the right wing conservative crowd? They just started voting Conservateur because they can advertise the most intensly, with their vast wealth…which they amassed from grass roots donations from the terribly confused.

    I have very little faith in the electorate. It’s not that they are dumb, it’s that they are lied to CONSTANTLY by the media, which is everywhere, all the time.

    ” Bleeding heart liberal Democrats, with their smellfare programs, who would rather play hackysack than lock up the homeless.”

    The electorate is clueless, if you polled them, most would not know about the left/right approach to things. All they know is that they pay tax so welfare bums don’t have to work. And they don’t mean the rich.

    So, how you doin’?

  3. 3 Type12point 10 December, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Of course this will be the only Conservative reversal in any sort of election for some time to come.

  4. 4 Ken Furber 10 December, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks Marcel, we can always count on you for a good rant. And you are right on. Just click onto any mainstream media’s news site and read the comments following a political story. The first four or eight inevitably sound almost exactly the same and they follow the current Conservative advertising blitz almost word for word. This stuff could gag a maggot. However, equally gag-worthy are the comments I often hear on the street here in sunny Saskatchewan. Regular, intelligent, hard working people are also regurgitating this right-wing crap as if it was gospel. You can save yourself an ulser by trying not to think about it too much. I’m not sure if there’s a way to fight it or change it. You just have to work around it. And try very hard not to fall into the same trap. What works well for right-wingers is to objectify and generalize what they see as their enemies. I won’t write a list here, it makes me too queasy. However, you’ve done a fine job of catching the general trend in your rant. What other wingers (as in not right wingers) need to do is not do the same thing. Not everyone in the west is a right-of-Hitler, stubble jumping turkey herder. People out here are actually very nice, as I know from my travels Canadians from all corners of this country are also. I keep expressing my opinion as if it matters and they laugh and tolerate that because they are nice people. And I’m their token lefty. But at least they’re listening. And once in a while something I say rings a bell with someone. Another thing that keeps me sane is the knowledge that politics is cyclical. We swing back and forth right to left. Canada has been stuck right for about 24 years now but I believe recently I’ve noticed that old pendulum shaking and beginning to edge left again. It will swing freely again and sweep away the likes of Harper and his buddies. Of course it’ll never get left enough for most of us reading here, but it could get close. There, that’s about as upbeat as I get. You’d think it was Christmastime or something. Oh well, wait till the Conservatives get their media blitzkrieg aimed at Iggy and I’ll be back to normal again.


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