No mystery to Quebec elections - the Liberals will win
I've been planning to write a piece on the Quebec elections but haven't found the time. So I decided to start off Editor's Notes with a few words that will put the question in perspective.
Despite the '95 adventure the separatist cause has been on the wane for years. The fact is that when honestly explained French Canadians in their majority always would have voted against it. When the subject has been presented in smoke and mirrors perhaps almost half would shrug a why-not? But such a frank presentation has not been made since Rene Levesque.
The Parti Québecois shot itself in the proverbial foot when it rejected Pauline Marois as leader and opted for André Boisclair. Ms Marois, a seasoned veteran including cabinet experience was the best choice. She would have given the separatist cause substance and respectability. But the narcissistic pseudo intellectual elite in Montreal decided it would be more romantic to have André Boisclair as leader. After all Mr Boisclair had cabinet experience and the bonus was that he was both a homosexual and a druggie. What could be more politically correct? These excited innocents concluded then and now that if they think that way, the masses would follow.
Well, what is politically correct for the darlings of the cocktail set doesn't hold water for the majority in the outback.
They haven't been filling the Roman Catholic churches the past two or three decades, but behaviour modification (also called brainwashing) by the church has deep roots. There is no way the parishioners would vote for a homosexual druggie. The outback has its own sense of what is politically correct. And besides, they've been suffering growing boredom with the whole question of separation in the spirit, if for no other reason. of I'm all right Jack.
Enter Mario Dumont. Mr Dumont is just another political reptile. He has moved from left to right, separatist to federalist, to wherever he thinks the sun shines best on his prospect of victory. Dumont was a separatist in 1995. But his sharp political sense is that the issue is as dead as road kill. So he comes down on the right to satisfy what he sees as his behaviour-modified constituency and now mocks separation.
The loss of ground that Mr Dumont has taken will likely result in a third place finish for Mr Boisclair. In first place will be Quebec Premier-renewed, Jean Charest, riding high to the finish line on what Prime Minister Harper will give him on Monday.
Mr. Harper will have a hard time choosing between Mr Charest and Mr Dumont for an alliance in the spring federal elections.
But like they say in Swahili, there can be many a slip twixt cup and lip in both elections. One thing is for sure, Quebec separation will be taken off the table for a long time to come.
Poor Rex Murphy - it is about oil
Elsewhere in this issue is a piece from the International Herald Tribune that helps to reveal what the American attack on Iraq is all about. I've long respected Rex Murphy's use of the language. I've suspected that not-so deep-down he's right of centre (not that there's anything wrong that) but I was disappointed at how shallow he is when in 2003 he said about the Iraq war that whatever the war is about, "It's not about oil." Poor Rex, and a bevy of other pundits right-left-and centre, bought the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld (and let's not forget Karl Rove, dark prince of demons), that it was all about spreading democracy. Oh no it wasn't. Those bloodless reptiles plunged America into a military, economic, and moral mess because they couldn't see past taking possession of Iraq's vast oil fields at the points of their guns. In their limited imaginations they thought it would be a slam-dunk. We know the result. A blood bath. We also know that with a Democratic congress barking at their heels and with growing public opposition, they have little time to make firm their grip on their goal - Iraq oil. That's why they're in an anxious hurry to get their Iraq puppets to pass a law that will legalize their armed robbery. But as the article, referred to in the first sentence of this paragraph reveals, it won't be that easy. Whatever the current government may sign, it'll be hard put to enforce it on the ground. In the hustle-bustle of death, dying, and destruction, we see Halliburton moving it's headquarters to Dubai ready to bathe in black gold. What a disgusting crew of anti-Christs.
Against the background noise of war in Iraq and menace of it elsewhere, we have a shocking report on the quiet spread of slavery in many parts of the world, including behind the façade of most major cities in the land of the free. It thrives on ignorance and poverty and false hope. If a fraction of the money spent on war were redirected to alleviate the terrible conditions in which too many people live and was also focused on targeting slave traders and buyers, it would provide life and hope to the helpless. Read of one woman's heroic, inspiring fight to rescue boys and girls sold into slavery.
Meanwhile, slow down for the weekend. Print, and read at your leisure.
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